Fake funeral prayer of COVID-19 victim offered in Landikotal

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By Ashrafuddin Pirzada

LANDIKOTAL: The photo of a fake funeral prayer viral on social media and sparked debates in which an empty Al-khidmat ambulance in Landikotal was shown parked and a funeral prayer was offered on Wednesday.

Jamat-e-Islami district Khyber general secretary Murad Hussain told FATA VOICE that one Dur Gul Shinwari had died of kidney failure the other day while his funeral prayer was offered at his village which was attended by a large number of people.

He said videos and photos of the deceased were also on social media. He said later another photo of an empty Al-khidmat foundation ambulance surfaced on social media where few persons offered mock funeral prayers of Dur Gul Shinwari.

He lamented such acts and said that officials mostly do such fake activities to keep their selves-in in the media. He said they would file a case against assistant commissioner Landikotal for defaming al-khidmat foundation while using its ambulance in the fake funeral drama

The JI leader hinted that some police officials could also be behind the flop drama played to show the world that they had lost many lives to COVID-19. He said they talked with the al-khidmat ambulance driver who also told them that police had taken him along with his ambulance and forced him and a few other persons there to stand for a picture to take pretending to be in the funeral prayer.

Qari Saeed Hakim Shinwari, who attended the Dur Gul Shinwari funeral prayer at his village, told this scribe that they offered funeral prayer of Dur Gul Shinwari which was held in his village in Landikotal. He said the photo of the ambulance with no coffin in it is taken somewhere else in Landikotal and was a bogus prayer exercise.

Residents and JI leaders accused that a fake funeral prayer at the front of Al-khidmat ambulance that has been conducted in Landikotal was an unpleasant event as they did not want to earn a bad name for their party and its organization.

When the contacted assistant commissioner of Landikotal Muhammad Imran Yusufzai rejected the allegations and said that they were not behind the fake picture news. “Those who uploaded the picture are behind it”, said Imran. He added that Tehsil Municipal Officers or local police could possibly be behind it. He said one Aimal Shinwari was also arrested who resisted that Dur Gul Shinwari was not died of coronavirus.

The official said his Stenographer Naveed Shalmani was also infected by a coronavirus and admitted to the hospital.

It may be mentioned here that Dur Gul Shinwari was in a quarantine centre in Landikotal for the last week and died the other day. According to officials, Gur Gul died of coronavirus while his relatives and other residents consistently said that he died of kidney failure.