Bilour’s widow refuses compensation, says his cause was greater than money

The widow of Haroon Bilour returned the Rs0.5 million compensation cheque issued to her by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. She said her husband sacrificed his life for a far greater cause than money.

The provincial government has issued a compensation cheque of Rs0.5 million to Bilour’s heirs. He was killed in a suicide bomb blast on July 10 during his election campaign for PK-78 Peshawar.

When contacted, his son Daniyal said his father and grandfather’s cause was far greater than this and they would not mar that cause by accepting compensation.

“The Bilour family will continue its struggle for peace and such cowardly attacks will not deter our resolve,” he said.

However, the ANP leadership expressed annoyance over the meagre amount offered to the family. The party said that the family should have been compensated under the Shuhada package.

“The government issued Rs10 million to heirs of Israrullah Gandapur, a PTI member of the KP Assembly from DI Khan, when he was martyred in a suicide blast and to the family of Fareed Khan, another MPA from Hangu district when he was shot dead,” said Dr Sohail Khan, an ANP leader.

Journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai wrote on Twitter that, “Samar Haroon Bilour today returned the Rs500,000 cheque sent by the KP govt as compensation for her martyred husband Haroon Bilour. The issue of compensation needs to be reviewed, made adequate and uniform as presently provinces pay different amounts to cops and civilians.”