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Acid attack victim Fakhra lays to rest in Karachi

26 March, 2012

KARACHI: Funeral prayers of Fakhra Younus, an acid attack victim who committed suicide in Italy Saturday, offering at Eidhi center Sohrab Goath.
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KARACHI: Funeral prayers of Fakhra Younus, an acid attack victim who committed suicide in Italy Saturday, were offered here in Karachi on Sunday.

The funeral prayers were offered at Eidhi center Sohrab Goath after the dead body was flown home earlier this afternoon. Fakhra was then laid to rest in Gizri graveyard of the city.

Iconic humanitarian worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, MQM leaders and a large number of people from all walks of life attended funeral prayer of the Pakistani acid victim who ended her life after twelve-year fight for justice and recovery following the painful experience.

A large number of people from civil society, social and welfare organizations, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers, were present at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport to receive Fakhra's body.

Earlier at the airport, women were carrying ply cards inscribed with demand of Supreme Court's suo moto action of the heinous crime rampant in the country.

Fakhra's sisters, Italian ambassadors and Tehmina Durrani, the former step mother of Fakhra's husband were also present for receiving the body.

Pakistani lawmakers and people from different segments of society have expressed their grief and sorrow over the horrendous incident of suicide, with MQM chief Altaf Hussain calling upon Prime Minister and the President to order actions for bringing the culprits to justice.

The saddening news was reported on Saturday that she has put an end to her life by jumping off sixth floor of her apartment in Italy where she was living as a "civil unacceptable person" after going through the painful experience on May 14, 2000.

She was attacked by her husband Bilal Khar (ex-MPA of the Punjab Assembly and the son of Pakistani politician Ghulam Mustafa Khar), had spilled acid on her face after they split up.

Fakhira was sent to Italy for treatment, where she had 39 reconstructive surgeries.

Meanwhile, Former Punjab MPA, Bilal Khar has denied that he threw acid at his former wife Fakhra Yunus 12 years ago.

Talking to a private TV channel on Sunday, he said that Fakhra lived with him for four months after the acid attack.

During this time Bilal Khar claimed that Fakhra refused to tell him who had attacked her.

"She committed suicide because promises committed to her by certain people were not fulfilled," Khar said.

Bilal Khar was accused of throwing acid at his former wife Fakhra Yunus who committed suicide in Rome on Saturday.


Reader Comments:


Wasn't she a creature of God ?

How long we w'll continue wiping out human being on the basis of class, sect, religion, color and creed.

We have absolutely forgotten the Last Sermon of The Final Prophet Muhammad (SAW). May Allah The Almighty forgive Pakistani nation and show right path to respect humanity in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran, teachings of which is purely based on respecting human being and "hating" the "hate".

Irrespective of the fact that Fakhra belonged to prostitute community, it is my firm and strong belief that she was citizen of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the "so-called" Islamic Welfare state is bound to provide self-respect and security to every individual living within its juridisction.

As far as honor is concerned, why our feudal lords and so-called champions of "self-respect and honor" are provoked when pakistani girls belonging to Feudal community, are found dead drunk outside pubs in Manhattan, NY, Washington DC, gambing dens in Los Vegas, Kuwait, middleastern penninsula, specially Dubai where they are toys at the hands of international gamblers. They should also throw acid on their faces too, so that honor and self-respect of Pakistani Feudal culture is not auctioned naked before the global community. Why poor Fakhra who has no strong family back-ground to withdstand powerful feudal society, is targeted in our society?

Those are the questions which will remain unanswered while number of other Fakhra (s) will continue to be lowered in grave just in the name of so-called "honor", the honor that was trampled under the feet in Bangladesh, probably in December 1971, if we have not forgotten the horrible wrath of God.

Mussarat Hussain

Mussarat Hussain, United States - 27 March, 2012

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