Senate Opp members sound alarm over Kakar’s death

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Staff Reporter
Islamabad

Members of the opposition in the Senate on Monday raised suspicion over the “sudden death” of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) leader and former senator Usman Khan Kakar and demanded a parliamentary probe to “dig out the truth”.

Usman Khan Kakar passed away at a hospital in Karachi today where he was being treated for a head injury which he had reportedly sustained at his residence in Quetta.

His personal physician, Dr Samad Panezai, said that it was not known what actually caused the injury to Kakar, who had been found by his family lying on a carpet in his drawing room at his Quetta home, with blood flowing from his head.

Speaking on the floor of the House on Monday, Senator Muhammad Akram of the National Party claimed that Kakar would always say that he faced the biggest threat from certain security agencies. The senator added that Kakar’s sudden death may have “some background to it”.

Senator Saleem Mandviwala of the PPP said Kakar’s family believed his death was a “murder”.

He said doctors were also skeptical about how such profuse bleeding in the head could be caused by a mere fall.

He demanded the Sindh and Balochistan governments to conduct a thorough investigation into his death.

Later, a resolution was also passed by the House, expressing condolence on the the former senator’s demise and hailing his services as a democrat.

The resolution, presented by leader of the opposition Yousuf Raza Gilani, appreciated Usman Kakar for his services for the supremacy of democracy.

“He joined the PkMAP in 1996 and being a senator, he delivered speeches on matters of national and international significance.

He was a human rights activist and his services shall always be remembered,” reads the resolution.

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