You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Die-hard fan of Raheel commits suicide against his retirement

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A 64-year-old die-hard fan of former army chief Raheel Sharif has committed suicide by consuming poison, protesting the government's decision not to give an extension to the just-retired General.

Lutf Amim Shibli, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Port (KPT), had begun his protest on November 1 outside Press Club (KPC), threatening that he would commit suicide if Raheel was not given an extension in service.



"Raheel Sharif is a messiah. I am his fan. Only he can save the country from and social ills," read the posters and banners set up around his camp.

According to doctors, the man took his life by consuming poison a few days ago.

"He attempted suicide on November 27 after the ISPR [Inter-Services Public Relations] announced the retirement plan of Gen Raheel. We took him to hospital from where he was referred to Aga Khan University Hospital. He was initially on ventilator, but later died," said Shibli's sister-in-law Nooren.

"Before consuming poison, he wrote a letter to his wife, saying that his funeral prayers must be held in front of the KPC," she was quoted as saying by the 'Express Tribune'.

Police surgeon Eijaz Ahmed said that Shibli's post-mortem had not yet been conducted but it looked he died of poisoning.

Shibli's family originally belonged to Jalandhar, India, but they had migrated to after independence and he joined the KPT.

He had married thrice and his first wife, Gulzari Begum, also a trade union leader of the Steel Mills Progressive Workers Union, was killed a few years ago.

He is survived by five children from his first spouse and two children from another wife, who lives in Gizri.

One of his close friends, while requesting anonymity, said the deceased was not mentally fit and would become aggressive on different issues confronted by Pakistan.

"He was frustrated and used to talk about committing suicide. Finally, he did it," he said.

Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of the National Trade Union Federation, said Shibli was a leftist leader and his decision to support the army bewildered many of his colleagues.

"We have never supported any general. I don't know how Shibi, who had once played a great role for the rights of labourers, became a fan of Raheel Sharif, which was unusual for left-oriented comrades," he said.

60-year-old Raheel retired on November 29 after a three-year tenure. General Bajwa, 57, took over the command of the army on Tuesday at a ceremony in Rawalpindi from him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Die-hard fan of Raheel commits suicide against his retirement

A 64-year-old die-hard fan of former Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif has committed suicide by consuming poison, protesting the government's decision not to give an extension to the just-retired General. Lutf Amim Shibli, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), had begun his protest on November 1 outside Karachi Press Club (KPC), threatening that he would commit suicide if Raheel was not given an extension in service. "Raheel Sharif is a messiah. I am his fan. Only he can save the country from terrorism and social ills," read the posters and banners set up around his camp. According to doctors, the man took his life by consuming poison a few days ago. "He attempted suicide on November 27 after the ISPR [Inter-Services Public Relations] announced the retirement plan of Gen Raheel. We took him to Jinnah hospital from where he was referred to Aga Khan University Hospital. He was initially on ventilator, but later died," said ... A 64-year-old die-hard fan of former army chief Raheel Sharif has committed suicide by consuming poison, protesting the government's decision not to give an extension to the just-retired General.

Lutf Amim Shibli, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Port (KPT), had begun his protest on November 1 outside Press Club (KPC), threatening that he would commit suicide if Raheel was not given an extension in service.

"Raheel Sharif is a messiah. I am his fan. Only he can save the country from and social ills," read the posters and banners set up around his camp.

According to doctors, the man took his life by consuming poison a few days ago.

"He attempted suicide on November 27 after the ISPR [Inter-Services Public Relations] announced the retirement plan of Gen Raheel. We took him to hospital from where he was referred to Aga Khan University Hospital. He was initially on ventilator, but later died," said Shibli's sister-in-law Nooren.

"Before consuming poison, he wrote a letter to his wife, saying that his funeral prayers must be held in front of the KPC," she was quoted as saying by the 'Express Tribune'.

Police surgeon Eijaz Ahmed said that Shibli's post-mortem had not yet been conducted but it looked he died of poisoning.

Shibli's family originally belonged to Jalandhar, India, but they had migrated to after independence and he joined the KPT.

He had married thrice and his first wife, Gulzari Begum, also a trade union leader of the Steel Mills Progressive Workers Union, was killed a few years ago.

He is survived by five children from his first spouse and two children from another wife, who lives in Gizri.

One of his close friends, while requesting anonymity, said the deceased was not mentally fit and would become aggressive on different issues confronted by Pakistan.

"He was frustrated and used to talk about committing suicide. Finally, he did it," he said.

Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of the National Trade Union Federation, said Shibli was a leftist leader and his decision to support the army bewildered many of his colleagues.

"We have never supported any general. I don't know how Shibi, who had once played a great role for the rights of labourers, became a fan of Raheel Sharif, which was unusual for left-oriented comrades," he said.

60-year-old Raheel retired on November 29 after a three-year tenure. General Bajwa, 57, took over the command of the army on Tuesday at a ceremony in Rawalpindi from him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Die-hard fan of Raheel commits suicide against his retirement

A 64-year-old die-hard fan of former army chief Raheel Sharif has committed suicide by consuming poison, protesting the government's decision not to give an extension to the just-retired General.

Lutf Amim Shibli, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Port (KPT), had begun his protest on November 1 outside Press Club (KPC), threatening that he would commit suicide if Raheel was not given an extension in service.

"Raheel Sharif is a messiah. I am his fan. Only he can save the country from and social ills," read the posters and banners set up around his camp.

According to doctors, the man took his life by consuming poison a few days ago.

"He attempted suicide on November 27 after the ISPR [Inter-Services Public Relations] announced the retirement plan of Gen Raheel. We took him to hospital from where he was referred to Aga Khan University Hospital. He was initially on ventilator, but later died," said Shibli's sister-in-law Nooren.

"Before consuming poison, he wrote a letter to his wife, saying that his funeral prayers must be held in front of the KPC," she was quoted as saying by the 'Express Tribune'.

Police surgeon Eijaz Ahmed said that Shibli's post-mortem had not yet been conducted but it looked he died of poisoning.

Shibli's family originally belonged to Jalandhar, India, but they had migrated to after independence and he joined the KPT.

He had married thrice and his first wife, Gulzari Begum, also a trade union leader of the Steel Mills Progressive Workers Union, was killed a few years ago.

He is survived by five children from his first spouse and two children from another wife, who lives in Gizri.

One of his close friends, while requesting anonymity, said the deceased was not mentally fit and would become aggressive on different issues confronted by Pakistan.

"He was frustrated and used to talk about committing suicide. Finally, he did it," he said.

Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of the National Trade Union Federation, said Shibli was a leftist leader and his decision to support the army bewildered many of his colleagues.

"We have never supported any general. I don't know how Shibi, who had once played a great role for the rights of labourers, became a fan of Raheel Sharif, which was unusual for left-oriented comrades," he said.

60-year-old Raheel retired on November 29 after a three-year tenure. General Bajwa, 57, took over the command of the army on Tuesday at a ceremony in Rawalpindi from him.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

image
Business Standard
177 22

Upgrade To Premium Services

Welcome User

Business Standard is happy to inform you of the launch of "Business Standard Premium Services"

As a premium subscriber you get an across device unfettered access to a range of services which include:

  • Access Exclusive content - articles, features & opinion pieces
  • Weekly Industry/Genre specific newsletters - Choose multiple industries/genres
  • Access to 17 plus years of content archives
  • Set Stock price alerts for your portfolio and watch list and get them delivered to your e-mail box
  • End of day news alerts on 5 companies (via email)
  • NEW: Get seamless access to WSJ.com at a great price. No additional sign-up required.
 

Premium Services

In Partnership with

 

Dear Guest,

 

Welcome to the premium services of Business Standard brought to you courtesy FIS.
Kindly visit the Manage my subscription page to discover the benefits of this programme.

Enjoy Reading!
Team Business Standard