DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Dera Ismail Khan Police has said that all the necessary support and treatment has been provided to constable Abdul Raziq who was injured in a terrorist attack in Kulachi.

According to a letter issued from the office of the District Police Officer (DPO) DI Khan Zahoor Afridi to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Enquiry and Inspection KP, an ambulance was arranged by the district police for taking him to Lahore from DI Khan for treatment. The letter said constable Abdul Raziq was also contacted by the MTO/DSP Headquarters on telephone and he was told that the patient will be shifted to Lahore on the night of 2 December.

The letter also provided detail of expenses on treatment of constable Abdul Raziq. It said a private ambulance which took Abdul Raziq to Peshawar cost Rs12,000, treatment at DI Khan cost Rs5,000 and Rs100,000 was given to him as injury compensation. The letter added that official ambulance was also provided to Abdul Raziq three or four times when he travelled from home to hospital and vice versa.

Three people, including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ikramullah Gandapur, lost their lives and four others, including Abdul Raziq, were injured in a suicide attack on his vehicle in Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan on July 22 this year. Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate from PK 99 DI Khan, was targeted when he was going to attend a sit-in against non-arrest of killers of his brother, former provincial minister Israrullah Gandapur.

Abdul Raziq has been lying on bed since then. He complained that neither a minister nor a high ranking police officer has inquired about his health condition as yet. Abdul Raziq’s both legs were seriously damaged. He was shifted to Lady Reading hospital Peshawar where metallic rods were fixed in his damaged legs.

Abdul Raziq’s brother Zulfiqar said he was threatened by police officials to withhold his salary if he tried to access media to expose government indifference. Zulfiqar had alleged that doctors wanted to refer Raziq to Lahore for treatment but the police department was using delaying tactics when they were asked for provision of an ambulance.