Regarded a symbol of "anti Taliban resistance" Senior Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour succumbed to wounds minutes after a sucide bomber blew himself up leaving nine dead and 18 injured.
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With the assassination of Bashir Ahmad Bilour, senior minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, a glorious chapter in selfless public service and the nation's political life has come to a doleful close. This was the third murder attempt on him. The accursed terrorists were murderously after him and had had abortively attempted to assassinate him in 2008 and 2009 as well.
But a brave man that he was, he never buckled under their threats. Not to be dissuaded by their vile intimidations, he indeed was always the first to visit the place in the province where they had perpetrated their grisly carnage, condole with the bereaved families and look after the victims of their mayhem. Bow down he would not to the merchants of death and destruction, he would vow always. And he lived up to his vow valorously and unflinchingly, though he paid the price with his precious life ultimately.
He was a man of many parts. A lawyer by profession, a businessman by occupation, and a politician by career, the mild-mannered, soft-spoken and sociable Bashir Ahmed Bilour was a much loved man. Love and affection for fellow human beings was his high distinctive mark. Even when under dire life threat for being on the thugs' hit list, he was highly accessible to the people and never kept his doors shut on them. And his constituents would remember him for long for his services to them.
Though a man of means, he abhorred pomp and show disdainfully and shunned it puritanically. Humbleness was his hallmark. And though in politics for decades, he hankered not after office or power. Quite often, he was inducted into the provincial ministries, but not for his asking but for his sterling qualities of heart and mind. Never ever he switched coats for greener pastures. Throughout, he stayed with the ANP faithfully, even when the political pundits predicted he would bolt away for what they perceived was a shabby treatment meted out to him by the party high command. He did not; he stayed put with no whines or complaints on his lips.
Philanthropy was his one outstanding trait. He believed in sharing his opulence with the needy and the destitute without expecting the return of the compliment. And he practised it in the true Islamic spirit, with one hand knowing not what the other has given in charity. So self-effacing indeed was he on this count that never ever he wore his charity work on his sleeve.
In his tragic demise, the nation has verily suffered an irreparable loss. He was a great human being and a principled politician. And the condolences pouring in from various quarters surely would never be able to match his status. A par excellence human being he was. And just irreplaceable is he.
We strongly condemn his brutal assassination. And we express our deepest sympathy with the bereaved family and pray to Almighty Allah to give it the fortitude to bear its colossal loss. May the soul of the deceased rest in eternal peace! Amen.
Bashir Ahmed Bilour, Senior Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not only a seasoned politician but also one of only few politicians in the country who had high regard not only within his own party but also in all other political parties of the country. Even he had high regard in the voters of his opponents as he never wasted a minute to reach the needy people from whatever party they belonged to.
Bashir Ahmed Bilour was son of Bilour Din Khan and was born on August 1, 1943. Belonged to a notable political and social Hindku family of Peshawar, Bilour had bachelor's degree of Law and was also member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Association and Peshawar High Court Bar Association and used to cast his vote in the elections of lawyers' bodies.
He got his early education from Government Higher Secondary School No. 1 Peshawar Cantt. After doing Matriculation he got admission in famous Edwards College Peshawar and got graduation degree from the said college. Then for higher education he got admission in University of Peshawar and got LLB degree.
Bilour was famous for his social contacts with his voters and used to visit different parts of the city without fearing terrorists despite of the fact that there were several death threats to him from the terrorists. He had survived two life attempts from terrorists before the attack on Saturday in which he was killed.
The legendary leader and staunch follower of Pakhtun rights and till his death kept on uttering the words for the betterment of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He followed the footsteps of his father in politics and joined Awami National Party (ANP) in 1970. In 2008 General Elections he was elected as Member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for the record fifth time which showed the confidence of his voters in his personality.
He had won his seat with majority votes from PF-3, a constituency of Peshawar City. Soon after the elections he also took oath as a Senior Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkha for the 4th time.
He also remained President of ANP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa twice.
Bashir Ahmad Bilour was unique personality in the sense that he never lost any election throughout his career. He became member of provincial assembly for the first time in 1990; then in 1993; 1997; 2002 and 2007. He had also announced not to contest for MPA slot in the next general elections.
He was appointed as Minister for C&W in 1990 and 1993 and as Minister for Irrigation in 1997.
Bashir Bilour, had repeatedly termed the fight against terrorism as 'our own battle' and was few of the politicians who had voice openly against the miltants.
His death is a loss not only to ANP, not only to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but also to the whole country which has lost another brave son of the soil in war against terrorism.
ANP workers and activists condemned the killing of Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour and term his death a memorable lost for the country.
Most of the workers at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar were not control their feelings when they heard the news of the death of Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour.
Meanwhile civil society member, traders and from every walks of life shows their grief and sorrow over the death of senior minister and give tribute to him in the fight against terror and prayed for his deported soul in rest.
Bashir Ahmed Bilour not only lost his life in the incident but also lost his long standing friend, colleague and personal secretary Haji Noor Muhammad who remained loyal to his Senior Minister and even died with Bashir Ahmed Bilour.
Bashir Ahmed Bilour remained influential in efforts to make Peshawar a city of flowers again and kept on working day and night for the betterment of Provincial Capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He will always remain in the heart of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in general and people of Peshawar in particular and whenever the stories of brave, honest, hardworking, loyal and intelligent politicians would be written his name would be written among the top listed politicians and human beings.
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