Mian Sareer Hussain. - A file photo

NOWSHERA: Brother of the Awami National Party (ANP) Secretary General Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Mian Sareer Hussain has died of coronavirus.

Mian Sareer Hussain was under treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital in Islamabad for the last two days and died on Tuesday.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain while talking to a news channel confirmed the death of his brother from coronavirus. He further revealed that his own coronavirus test also came back as positive on May 08 due to frequent contact with his brother and other people in his constituency and he has isolated himself at his house since then. He said he is feeling much better now, however, he needs prayers of well wishers to fully recover from the disease.

The funeral prayer of Mian Sareer Hussain was attended by Mian Iftikhar Hussain and some party supporters under the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government. The TMA officials carried out the burial.

TNN correspondent reported that the condition of Mian Iftikhar Hussain worsened during funeral of his elder brother after which he was shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar in critical condition. The family and party sources said Mian Iftikhar Hussain is not in a position to meet anyone at this time due to which the Qul of his brother has also been postponed.

Deputy Commissioner Nowshera said the ANP leader was shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex due to his health condition. He said the security staff, relatives and other party activists who came in contact with Mian Iftikhar will also be tested.

On Monday, the ANP senior leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour was also diagnosed with coronavirus.

Member KP Assembly Samar Bilour, who is daughter-in-law of Ghulam Bilour, said he was not feeling well for the last two days and his coronavirus test was carried out when he showed symptoms. She said the test came back as positive.

After the death of Mian Sareer Hussain, the death toll of coronavirus patients in Nowshera has mounted to 18.

The ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan, provincial chief Sardar Hussain Babak and other party leaders have expressed deep grief over the death of Sareer Hussain and prayed for eternal rest and peace for the departed soul.