Abdul Razzaq, a resident of Quetta, glided by many names due to his expertise for taking part in with fireplace. He had a knack for defusing explosive units since teenage — a trait fairly not like those which his friends possessed.
For his colleagues, who knew what he did for a dwelling, he was a brilliant cop as a result of because the Commander Bomb Disposal Squad he had defused greater than 600 totally different explosive units till his “premature” demise in February, this 12 months.
He made his dangerous job much more precarious by avoiding carrying a bomb disposal go well with. Day by day, the 36-year-old needed to put himself within the hurt’s solution to hold others protected. Actually, he confronted threats 24/7 in a province resembling Balochistan, the place bomb blasts and rocket firing incidents have grow to be a matter of routine since 2001.
“Over 2,949 incidents of bomb blasts, suicidal bombings, and rocket fireplace, which claimed the lives of two,880 folks, have been reported in Quetta and the remainder of the province since 2007”, mentioned the Quetta police file.
Abdul Razzaq was referred to as to achieve and examine Saryab street, the place a suspicious plastic shopper was noticed close to the bridge on February 13, 2017. Officers and his colleagues mentioned that the commander had jammed two choices that would result in the explosion — timer and distant control– and as he was about to work on the third possibility that is perhaps photocell change, the explosive gadget went off with a giant bang.
The explosion was so highly effective that the commander Abdul Razzaq and his colleague police constable Abdul Majeed stood no probability of survival.
Over the last one and a half decade, Commander Abdul Razzaq had defused greater than 600 explosive units, together with IEDs, excessive energy explosive, time units, rockets and so on, not solely in Quetta but additionally elsewhere in Balochistan. Undeniably, Abdul Razzaq had been giving the militants a tough time.
“It is a big loss for your entire drive. His [Commander Abdur Razzaq’s] gallant endeavours usually are not hidden from anybody”, mentioned IG Police Balochistan Ahsan Mehboob.
Abdul Razzaq initially belonged to Quetta and accomplished his early schooling from Islamia College and handed his matriculation within the late 1990s. Later, he accomplished the ‘patwari’ course and most well-liked to hitch the police division and shortly he was promoted as the top constable due to his bravery and counter-terrorism makes an attempt.
The late commander’s achievements embrace a Pakistan Police Medal and Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal.
As a person with nerves of metal, his life was not simple. He used to mentor his juniors within the far off areas of Balochistan and taught then the best way to handle precarious conditions. The famed and fearless BDS commander had 21 years of expertise behind him and managed a giant workforce of BDS members throughout Balochistan. His life was at all times in peril as a result of he foiled many nefarious designs of anti-state components. He at all times had a powerful perception in future and used to say “when I’ve to die, nothing will save me and when I’ve to dwell on nobody can kill me”.
Given the chance concerned in his profession, the commander did not need to get married as he didn’t need to have a household with out him being round. He, nonetheless, left behind an aged mom and eight siblings.
“He by no means succumbed to threats, by no means talked of backing out. If he needed to, he would have carried out. He used to share his feeling together with his siblings and colleagues saying, ‘I’m proud to serve the folks and I’ll proceed to serve them’” mentioned Ghulam Mustafa, youthful brother of the commander.
“He bravely continued the combat towards terrorism”, mentioned his brother.
The mom of commander Abdur Razzaq asks the Balochistan residence minister “what was the sin of my son”
In Balochistan, the BDS staffers are always in danger, going through the specter of explosions. Sadly, the BDS is desperately in need of tools and manpower.
As per the file, 17 posts of the BDS commanders and technicians are mendacity vacant within the provincial police division since lengthy.
The Quetta police’s bomb disposal squad unit is working with out correct security measures and tools.
The scenario will be assessed from the truth that there aren’t sufficient bomb fits to go round, and the BD workforce of the particular department has one BD go well with, which the workers hardly makes use of due to its weight.
Sadly, the primary safety for a bomb technician is not any thicker than the garments he’s carrying, and the instruments are only a set of screwdrivers, pliers, pincers and knives.
Whereas, the civil defence has displayed one robotic, one BD go well with and water cannon gun of their workplaces, which had been donated by the UK.
This case raises a severe query whether or not we’re able to counter terrorism in a province resembling Balochistan, the place work is happening $46 billion China-Pakistan financial hall connecting Gwadar to China’s Xinjiang province, and hostile forces are additionally hatching conspiracies towards the mega venture.
– Muhammad Ejaz Khan is the bureau chief on the Quetta workplace of Geo Tv.
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