LAHORE: In a tragic turn of events, Ammar, the seven-year-old son of arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ticket holder Abbad Farooq, has passed away. Ammar had been battling a mental illness, and his death has left the family in grief. The funeral for the young child is scheduled for tonight.
Abbad Farooq, the PTI leader, has been in custody since his arrest in connection with the May 9 violence that erupted following the arrest of PTI chief and former prime minister Imran Khan.
According to sources, Abbad Farooq had allegedly sent an audio message to party activists during the protests, claiming that he, along with PTI leaders Yasmeen Rashid, Ijaz Chaudhry, and Mahmood ur Rasheed, was present at the Lahore Corps Commander House. In the audio message, he alleged receiving clear instructions from Yasmin Rashid to set the Corps Commander House on fire, with Ijaz Chaudhry reportedly urging them not to halt their actions until the release of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.
The events on May 9 unfolded as violent clashes erupted across Pakistan following Imran Khan’s arrest at the Islamabad High Court. PTI workers, angered by their chairman’s detention, took to the streets in various cities, including Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad. Authorities summoned the armed forces to maintain law and order.
During the protests, Army installations and the Corps Commander’s house in Lahore came under attack, leading to widespread chaos and damage.
It is important to note that PTI Chairman Imran Khan was arrested from his Lahore residence on August 5 in connection with the Toshakhana criminal case, where he was sentenced to a five-year disqualification and a three-year prison term.
The passing of Ammar, the son of the arrested PTI leader, is a heartbreaking development in the midst of the ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Farooq family during this difficult time.