LANDSLIDE KILLS DC IN PAK
Muzaffarabad Feb 28: The young deputy commissioner of district Neelum, Raja Saqib Munir, was killed by a landslide near here on Thursday, plunging the entire official machinery and general public in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) into gloom.
The tragic incident occurred near Doonga Kas area, some 7 kilometres northeast of here on the treacherous Neelum valley road, this afternoon when Munir, 33, was on his way to Athmuqam, Valley’s headquarter.
As the vehicle was passing through the landslide affected portion of road, a big boulder from the fragile mountain fell on it, smashing its left side and killing Munir instantly.
Doctors at the hospital told this reporter that the boulder caused head and cervical bone injuries to Munir, causing his instant death.
The funeral prayers of Munir were offered at 3 pm in the High Court ground and thousands of people including PaK ministers, senior civil and military officials, judicial officers and general public participated in the prayers.
The General Officer Commanding 12 Division Maj-Gen Najamul Hassan specially flew into Muzaffarabad to attend the funerals.
Only last week, Munir had held a detailed meeting at the 12-Div headquarters in Murree regarding initiation of some uplift projects in Neelum valley by the army.
In a statement issued by the ISPR, the GOC paid glowing tributes to the late deputy commissioner for his services to the people of PaK.
“Raja Saqib was honest and dedicated officer whose services for the welfare of the people will always be remembered,” he said.
The statement said that special duas were also offered for him in army units.
People of Neelum valley were also shocked at the incident, which had deprived them of a highly motivating and energetic officer, keen to bring the backward valley at par with other developed areas of state.
“The incident is very upsetting for the residents of Neelum valley as Saqib Munir was a highly energetic, sincere, motivated and decent young officer. We will remember his services for long,” said Professor Khawaja Abdul Rehman, a resident of Neelum valley.
After the funerals in Muzaffarabad, the body of Munir was flown to his native Bandala Samahni village in the southernmost Bhimber district by a helicopter, arranged by the PaK government.
Former PaK prime minister and PML-N PaK chapter president Raja Farooq Haider and Commissioner Muzaffarabad division Syed Zahoorul Hassan Gillani accompanied the coffin.
All other officers had left by road to participate in the burials on Friday. The administration has declared holiday in Neelum and Bhimber districts on Friday.
It may be mentioned here that Munir was nephew and son in law of Raja Azhar Iqbal, deputy director PaK Press Information Department. He is survived by his wife and an infant son.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 28 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST
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