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Dr. Farooq Khan’s assassination by the Taliban: Another son of KP, Pakistan has laid down his life

Dr. Farooq khan

According to police, Dr. Farooq was in his clinic when two unknown gunmen entered his clinic and started firing.

Dr Farooq was the Vice-Chancellor of the proposed Islamic University. He also served as a Shura member of Jamaat-e-Islami for some time. In the past he had also contested the National Assembly elections from NA-6 constituency as a candidate of the Islamic Front. He was also an expert psychologist, running his own clinic in Mardan.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti condemned the murder of Dr. Farooq and said that he always spoke out against terrorism. – DawnNews

After Maulana Hasan Jan and  Maulana Sarfaraz Naeemi, he was another victim of terrorists who has raised voice against the violent, barbaric interpretations of Islam by the Taliban and their apologists and proponents.

Pashtun intellectual Farhat Taj, a few days ago had rightly pointed out the neo-miratha of Pashtun elders, leaders and intellectuals who are by any means oppose to Taliban and Talibanisation.

She wrote,

The question is: who is executing this gender-blind neo-miratha? The militants, Taliban or al Qaeda? Seemingly, it looks like this. The Taliban have been accepting responsibility for most such attacks. But do the families all over FATA and KP who suffer such attempts of neo-miratha also believe so? No, they do not understand this to be like that. They hold the ISI responsible for the neo-miratha.

They argue that in the state policy of Afghanistan-specific jihad, any anti-Taliban Pakhtun simply do not exist. The Pakhtun have to be presented to the world as the Taliban. Pakhtunwali (the way of the Pakhtuns) and Talibanisation have to be projected as one and the same thing. Anti-Taliban Pakhtun spoil the whole game of jihad in Afghanistan. Anti-Taliban Pakhtun would be least interested in promoting the state’s jihadi policy in Afghanistan. Thus they have to be eliminated through the state-engineered Taliban.

LUBP strongly condemn the assassination and demand uncompromising and indiscriminate action against the menace of terrorism which has deprived us of thousands of our citizens, Intellectuals, political leadership, Policemen, Officers and  soldiers.

Dr. Farooq Khan’s Bio

Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan is recognized as a writer, columnist, and intellectual throughout the country. He is also known as a religious scholar and competent TV compare. He was born at a village, in the district of Swabi. He obtained his elementary education at his hometown. Then he joined Cadet College, Hasanabdal, and later on the Cadet College, Kohat. After having acquired the degree in medicine, he decided to specialize in psychiatry. He established his private practice in Mardan. Some of his works include “Pakistan and the Twenty First Century (Urdu)”, “The Struggle for Islamic Revolution”, and “What is Islam”. God has bestowed upon him the quality of presenting his propositions in simple language and clarity of style.

Dr. Farooq Khan’s Vision in his own words

I am humanist, Muslim, Pakistani and a Pakhtun. To strive for the well being of the whole humanity, to uphold the cause of Muslim Ummah and to exalt the dignity of Pakistan and Pukhtoons is my mission. There is no contradiction between their interests, provided every issue is seen with justice and fair play.

In my opinion there are ten basic values which should be honored by every individual, community, country and the whole mankind. These essential and fundamental values are:

  • Human equality and democratic culture
  • Justice
  • Honesty
  • Merit
  • Hard work and thorough struggle
  • Law abiding mentality
  • Wisdom and patience
  • Education
  • Health
  • Strong and well-coordinated welfare institutions for the down trodden classes.
It is not possible for me to address the whole humanity so I address Muslim Ummah, Pakistan and Pukhtoons. In my opinion the degraded and helpless position of all the above three communities is because of the lack of the above ten fundamental values. We lagged behind in fulfilling and abiding all these values. Without honoring these values, we will not be able to survive as prestigious communities and nations.

The Muslims usually blame others for their plight, but in my view the internal factors are much more important than the external factors and once we overcome our weaknesses and shortcomings then the external world will become favorable slowly and steadily.

Development and dignity of Pakistan and the Ummah is based on the efforts to achieve these ideals and standards. It is very clear that a thorough struggle is needed in this regard. This struggle should be totally free from any kind of violence, sentimentalism and provocative rhetoric.

I always strictly follow the teachings of Quran, Sunnah, and my conscience in pondering over all the collective issues and problems facing us. In my opinion, the Muslim Ummah needs a comprehensive discussion and consensus on the following issues:

  • Status of Women in Islamic Society
  • The real instructions of Islam regarding Jihad and Qital
  • The true perspective of Islamic teachings in crimes and punishment
  • Islamic instructions regarding relations between Muslims and Non-Muslims
I have written a few books on these Issues e.g.:
  • Jihad, Qital aur Aalam-e-Islam (Urdu)
  • Islam Kya hai?(Urdu)
  • Islam and Women (Urdu & English)
  • Dialogue with the West (English)
  • Kashmir Issue (Urdu & English)
  • Ikkisween Saddi aur Pakistan (Urdu)
  • Jadeed Zehan Kay Shubhat Aur Islam Ka Jawab (Urdu)
  • Hudood aur Qisas wa Diyat Ordinance Ka Tanqeedi Jaiza (Urdu)
In my opinion Muslim states must proceed according to the following four important points.
  • To bring democratic culture in Muslim states.
  • To resolve all the disputes and conflicts through peaceful means.
  • To dominate and inculcate the above mentioned ten basic collective values in their states.
  • To make a serious and conscious advance in the field of science and technology.
  • I have written extensively on the above issues.
This is my vision and the struggle for this purpose is the mission of my life.

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  • Very sad. He was a moderate. Someone mentioned he had only last week resigned from Jamaat Islami. Must be too much on his consciences to stick with that fascist Jamaat.

  • President condemns killing of Dr. Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD, Oct 2 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the murder of Dr. Farooq Khan, the Vice Chancellor Swat Islamic University, who was gunned down in Mardan Monday (today).While reiterating the government’s determination to fight terrorism, the President said his government is committed to eradicate menace of terrorism at all costs.Those elements who are playing with the lives of innocent people, he added, would not escape the grip of law.

    The President directed the concerned authorities to investigate into the sad incident.The President expressed his heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in peace and grant courage to the members of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117938&Itemid=2

  • All Taliban and their supporters and apologists (starting from General Hamid Gul, Imran Khan, Munawar Hassan, Shahid Masood and Ansar Abbasi) must be arrested and eliminated through the power of law.

    نامہ نگار دلاور خان وزیر کے مطابق ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کا تعلق صوبہ خیبر پختون خوا کے ضلع مردان سے بتایا جاتا ہے اور صوبائی حکومت نے انہیں سوات یونیورسٹی کا وائس چانسلر مقرر کیا تھا۔اس سے پہلے وہ اسلامی یونیورسٹی سوات کے وائس چانسلر تھے جو فوجی آپریشن سے پہلے طالبان کے سربراہ مولانا فضل اللہ کا مرکز تھا اور امام ڈھیرئی کے نام سے مشہور تھا۔

    ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق جماعتِ اسلامی میں ایک سرگرم رہنماء بھی رہے لیکن بعد میں انہوں نے جماعتِ اسلامی سے علیحدگی اختیار کر لی تھی۔

    ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق نے خیبر میڈیکل کالج سے ایم بی بی ایس کی ڈگری حاصل کی تھی اور وہ پشتو چینل اے وی ٹی خیبر پر اسلامی تعلیمات کے پروگرام بھی کیا کرتے تھے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/10/101002_vc_dr_farooq_killed.shtml

  • News channels are declaring that he was previously part of the Jamaat Islami. I think he had left JI and was part of Jawed Ahmed Ghamdi’s Mawarid hence he could have been the target of extremist and terrorist deobandis.

  • We should have no sympathy for Taliban and extremist. They have no religion or principles. Our educated people are either being killed by extremists or leaving the country in search of security. Taliban and terrorist always got sympathetic view from political outfits such as Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and most importantly our taliban minded media. They dont deserve an iota of sympathy.They kill innocent people in the streets and educated people in their work places. Shame on you TALIBAN and their supporters.
    May God have mercy on Dr. Farooq Khan’s soul. He was a pride for Pakistan.
    We should codemn not only the killing itself but the people or the forces who are doing it. We need to eliminate them by all means. Salute to Pak Army(dont like them for their martial Laws) and current federal governmenmt (no matter how weak or corrupt it is) at least they are united to wipe extremism and terrorism from Pakistan.

  • I am shocked at news.
    Most sad and worst news of this in my my life. I have met this genteman atleast 5 time in my life, every encounter I came charged with the Islam and pure Islam, without any bais.

    Dr Farooq was not a typical Mullah but pride of Islam and true Scholor of Isam of Salf- Saehhen.

    His Shahit, is loss to the decent Musims, humanity, Khaibar PakhtoonKhawa and most important Pakistan.

    May Aah elevate him to highiest heavens. My sypthies with the families and his friends, Dr Qiba Ayaz, Tahseen Ullah Khan, Dr Adil Jan and all of his likeminded friend.
    May Aah give you a sibr

  • کاشف نصیر says:

    Kashif Naseer your favourite Taliban have killed him what are you shedding alligator tears for?

    In your latest post you have mentioned Benazir as below;

    بھی، آنجہانی بے نظیر بھی ہیں

    http://kashifnaseer.co.cc/archives/1298

    You have declared Benazir a non-Muslim outside the pale of Islam.

  • ڈاکٹر فاروق قتل، طالبان نے ذمہ داری قبول کر لی

    صوبائی حکومت نے انہیں سوات یونیورسٹی کا وائس چانسلر مقرر کیا تھا

    پاکستان کے صوبہ خیبر پختونخوا کے ضلع سوات کے طالبان نے سوات یونیورسٹی کے وائس چانسلر اورمذہبی سکالر ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کے قتل کی ذمہ داری قبول کی ہے۔

    سنیچر کے روز ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کو مردان میں نامعلوم مُسلح افراد نے فائرنگ کرکے ہلاک کر دیا تھا۔

    پشاور سے ہمارے نامہ نگار رفعت اللہ اورکزئی نے بتایا کہ سوات کے طالبان کے ترجمان عمر حسن اعرابی نے ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کی ہلاکت کی ذمہ داری قبول کی ہے۔

    عمر حسن نے فون پر ذمہ داری قبول کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ڈاکٹر عمر فاروق طالبان کے خلاف پروپیگنڈا کر رہے تھے اور طالبان مخالف کتابیں بھی لکھی تھیں۔

    ’وہ طالبان کے خلاف پروپیگینڈا کر رہے تھے اور وہ ایک جدید اسلام پھیلا رہے تھے۔‘

    یاد رہے کہ سنیچر کی دوپہر ایک بجے کے قریب ملاکنڈ روڈ پرگرلز کالج کے سامنے سوات یونیورسٹی کے وائس چانسلر اور مذہبی سکالر ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کو نامعلوم مُسلح افراد نے اُس وقت فائرنگ کرکے ہلاک کردیا جب وہ اپنے کلینک میں کھانا کھا رہے تھے۔

    انہوں نے بتایا کہ فائرنگ سے اُن کا ایک محافظ بھی زخمی ہوئے جنہیں مردان کے سول ہسپتال منتقل کردیاگیا ہے۔

    ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق کا تعلق صوبہ خیبر پختون خوا کے ضلع مردان سے تھا۔ سوات یونیورسٹی کا وائس چانسلر مقرر ہونے سے قبل وہ اسلامی یونیورسٹی سوات کے وائس چانسلر تھے جو فوجی آپریشن سے پہلے طالبان کے سربراہ مولانا فضل اللہ کا مرکز تھا اور امام ڈھیرئی کے نام سے مشہور تھا۔

    ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق جماعتِ اسلامی میں ایک سرگرم رہنماء بھی رہے لیکن بعد میں انہوں نے جماعتِ اسلامی سے علیحدگی اختیار کر لی تھی۔

    ڈاکٹر محمد فاروق نے خیبر میڈیکل کالج سے ایم بی بی ایس کی ڈگری حاصل کی تھی اور وہ پشتو چینل اے وی ٹی خیبر پر اسلامی تعلیمات کے پروگرام بھی کیا کرتے تھے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/10/101003_vc_farooq_claim_taliban.shtml

  • @Dr. Jawwad
    Great news for you is a sad news for us.
    When we mourn, you celebrate and when another bloody bastard like JI and their affiliate will die, we will celebrate and shout, ‘shall we dance?’

  • The day would go down as yet another sad day in the history of KPK. A moderate religious scholar has been shot down for denouncing the activities of Taliban. This shows the hypocrisy in the speech and acts of these demented criminals.

  • The future of Pakistan seems prosperous as we have realized our blunders and are working to ratify our mistakes. The immense potential of our masses should be channelized to make Pakistan a better place, as intolerance and religious extremism has plagued our nation for decades.

  • I had met Dr Farooq Khan three or four times.
    The first was in Lahore in an annual session of Mr Javed Ahmed Ghamidi’s circle.

    Later i listened to two or three of his talks in Karachi.

    I found him to be patient listener and a persuasive speaker.His books also show the clarity of his thought.

    May Allah bless him.

    -asim

  • Best way to answer his assassination is to spread his message of fearless and continuous pondering on deen as Quran invites. The message to his killers is that no matter how much blood they shed, message of Allah must be conveyed independent of any sectarian or other obligation. Allah does not tolerate “zulm” and will do justice Insha-Allah!

  • very sad news
    ye Mohsin kush qaum hai, 1 scholar tha Ghamidi, in mullaon ne os par pakistan ki zameen tang kar di, wo Mulk chor gia aur ye dunya chor gia

  • Knowing this news was the sad day.may allah bless him.he was one of the top scholar who was having clear vision and understanding.we will never forget you dr.farooq sahib. Message to his killers is that they will suffer in this world as wellas in other world.

  • Dr. F. khan was indeed an intellectual and a gentle man. Real loss for pakistan. May his soul rest in peace. Someone from across the border (India).