Unemployed Exhausted father commits suicide

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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An unemployed and helpless father of two who set himself on fire outside parliament house on Monday died of burns in the hospital.

Islamabad Police Spokesman Naeem Iqbal revealed, Raja Khan, from Naushero Feroz in southern Sindh province, spread himself with fuel and set himself alight.

Police officials on duty rushed to the scene and tried their best to save the man’s life and took him to hospital in a serious condition but did not survive.

Raja Khan left behind a letter, saying that he was exhausted by poverty, along with a bag of clothes and his ID card, said another police officer who spoke to newsmen from the local station on condition of anonymity.

“I am responsible for my death. I am taking this step because I am fed up with my financial condition,” the deceased said in his letter.

“If I die I should be buried in Islamabad. I have two children. The government should take care of them.”

Police said the man appeared suddenly on the road in front of parliament.

When stopped he said, “I want to die” and doused himself with kerosene from a bottle, said the police official, requesting anonymity.

Doctor Farrukh Kamal at the burns unit of the Pakistani Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said Khan was in a critical condition when brought. Doctors tried to save his life but failed as he had 90 percent burns. 

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