DSP Qasim Ali Khan Ghouri: He was my baba and he died serving Pakistan

Published: August 20, 2013

I believed that he loved his family the most, but evidently his responsibilities toward the nation came first. PHOTO: MINA KHAN

I’m writing this article in the memory of my khalu (maternal uncle), Shaheed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Qasim Ali Khan Ghouri, who was martyred at 8:30am on August 15, 2013. This is not meant to be a eulogy because no words are sufficient to express my affection and regard for khalu. I’d just like to share some very special experiences and lessons from my his life.

Lessons from a martyr

Khalu often used to express his deepest sympathies for the frequent martyrdom of policemen, but I never thought that, one day, he’d sacrifice his life for a policeman. I believed that he loved his family the most, but evidently his responsibilities toward the nation came first.

On August 15, khalu rushed to Safari Park Karachi to rescue the body of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Asif, who had been martyred by some dacoits prior to his arrival. When khalu arrived at the crime scene, policemen were waiting for Armed Personnel Carrier (APC), but he couldn’t let the dacoits takeover his police jawaan’s body. So khalu snatched his guard’s rifle and charged to rescue the jawaan’s body. But as is the case nowadays, the dacoits had more advanced artillery than our under-resourced police and they opened heavy fire on khalu. The dacoits shot him at least nine times, but khalu kept firing back at the dacoits even when he was severely injured. Long after khalu was shot, there was no sign of either emergency medical help or the APC.

When khalu was finally taken to a hospital, he embraced martyrdom after a couple of minutes. This was definitely not the first time that our ill-equipped policemen have tried to deal with heavily armed mafia members. It has become a normal occurrence in the lives of Pakistanis that a couple of policemen die every day, but what we fail to do as a nation is to appreciate the sacrifices of our protectors.

I’m very proud of my khalu’s brave attempt and whole-heartedly acknowledge the condolences of his well-wishers. I also deeply thank the police department for the esteem they accorded to khalu. In my heart, I have given my khalu and other martyred policemen all police gallantry medals possible because this is the least we can do for them.

I hope Pakistanis give the police force their due respect and that our police department gets the resources needed to avoid such dreadful and unnecessary loss of lives.

Lessons from a policeman

Amid my frequent discussions with khalu, we discussed that the police department is, of course not without its flaws. However, none of the problems are without solution and the departmental flaws do not take away from the sacrifices of our jawaans.

Khalu was of the opinion that the advice given by some police officers was often apt, and should be seriously considered as it is them who understand the problems with the system and know how to improve the department, and because, contrary to popular belief, a lot of policemen genuinely want to help the public.

He explained that since the police force is so severely under-resourced, sometimes the policemen have insufficient funds for even operational expenditures like petrol and office supplies; so when it comes to questions about upgrading the infrastructure, the police force does not have enough funds to maintain their current infrastructure, let alone upgrade it.

He further explained that corruption may also go viral when senior officials want additional resources and the subordinates have to collect them to pass on. Therefore, it may not always be in their hands how funds are distributed but with our support, the face of the police force could change. It is imperative that we support our direly needed police department as it is the one that always steps up to fight criminal and terrorist groups, regardless of how under-resourced they may be.

Lessons from a caretaker

My khalu epitomised a fearless, responsible and caring person. He managed his 24/7 police duties and also took extremely good care of his extended family. He provided for everyone’s needs and luxuries, and was dearest to all who knew him.

For me, he was not only like a father, but also a friend, teacher, brother, driver, event planner and all other possible relations you could think of. With mamma and him, I never needed anyone else.

A teacher of mine told me that nowadays people are like caged chickens in butcher shops. When the butcher reaches out for a chicken in the cage, all chickens run away from the door further into the cage to save their lives, but never try to escape the cage even though they know that they will be butchered soon. In other words, the chickens run from their problem instead of attacking the butcher and freeing themselves. However, khalu was different – he single-handedly solved everyone’s problems, and remained calm during trying times. He taught us to take on others’ problems and solve them with the best of our capabilities.

In this article, I have tried to convey some of khalu’s priceless qualities and observations in order to inspire and motivate other people. It is, indeed, our beloved caretakers, policemen and martyrs who brighten our lives and strengthen our social fabric. I will also take this opportunity to call khalu my baba because that is the role he always played in my life.

Photo: Mina Khan

May Allah (SWT) grant my shaheed (martyred) baba a really good place in Jannat-ul-Firdous (Ameen).

Mina Khan

Mina Khan

A Physics and Mathematics undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, Mina is interested in writing and research.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Saad Riaz

    May Allah rest him in peace.Recommend

  • Rehan

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family in this difficult time.
    That said, I find the constant use of the term ‘martyr’ to be a very troubling development in our society…
    Regards,
    RehanRecommend

  • Junaid Khan

    It is very sad… But we as a nation are divided. Unfortunately, the support for terrorists has increased so much in the public that I fear we will lose many more Qasims… Recommend

  • MK

    sorry to hear that – he seems like a very brave and strong person. May his soul rest in peace InshAllah.Recommend

  • Fiz

    My deepest condolence. As a nation, when are we going to realise that we are in a war situation and our security forces inclusive of police need to be revamped accordingly? They not only need the modern training but should be equipped with latest weapons. Remember they are not dealing with street thugs but trained & loaded terrorists who are hiding among us, the common man.Recommend

  • csmann

    A brave man,in a thankless and unappreciative society.Recommend

  • Rafidi

    He was a brave man who gave his life for his comrade in arms. May his soul Rest in Peace.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Please continue your good reasearch work at Mount Holyoke. My condolences. This article will fall on deaf years. Your uncles loss is a tragic one and only the govt and the security apparatus that controls Pakistan foreign and domestics policies are to be blamed. You can be a voice for innocent Pakistanis whose voice has been taken away as a result of minority persecution, poverty and societal injustices.Recommend

  • Nasrullah khan

    Qasim ghauri Shaheed was a brave police officer
    I served many times with him,I found him always a great leader,
    He treat his sub ordinates like his own family,very humble and friendly
    Nature person,I will always miss him, may Allah rest him in peace ,
    My deepest sympathies with his family ?may Allah give them sabarRecommend

  • http://www.mal.com.pk Asif Khan

    Dear Sister,

    You are brave daughter of our national hero. More then 40,000 Pakistanis have sacrificed their life in last 10 years. It is a heart breaking moment but I am sure our brave sister have enough strength to overcome this huge loss and continue mission of martyred DSP Qasim Ali Khan Ghouri.Recommend

  • Afflicted

    @ Writer

    How do you move on from when something like this happens to a person whom you love dearly?Recommend

  • Salut

    I was at Safari park with my family on the 14th and came to know about the operation early on the 15th. The operation took place in an area of the park which has been encroached by thugs and land mafia belonging to some Sindhi nationalist outfits who observed Aug 14 as a black day.
    However, due to “political correctness” no high profile politician/ party / CM / Governor issued strong statements or accorded any action.
    Salute to our brave martyrs – Thank you sirs!Recommend

  • Zaki

    Thank you Mina, and Thank you Mina k baba…… May Allah give your baba highest rewards in the life hereafter. Recommend

  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan

    @Fiz:
    On a serious note, god give strength to the author of this piece. Your Mamu is always watching you from the skies. Take care, rab rakhaRecommend

  • RizwanKhan

    May Allah give him high ranks in Jannah and patience to the family for the never ending pinching pain and sorrow. Also may Allah give us all humans in true sense and make us cool headed individuals.Recommend

  • raees murad

    May Allah give your baba highest rewards in the life hereafter. HE IS VERY SWEET AND NICE OFFICERecommend

  • Uza Syed

    Sad, very sad indeed, not only for loss of a good officer and life of good man but our own criminal negligence to provide, our protectors, decent and state of art equipment to fight those better armed and on rampage against a whole people. With this speed, soon we would be living even more insecure lives without any expectations from police or any other law enforcement agencies to be there to sacrifice their lives. Soon, good people would stop coming forward to serve at all.Recommend

  • Gp65

    My most sincere condolences to you and your family. I hope God gives ou the strength and courage to cope with the loss.

    May he rest in peace. I hope his sacrifice does not go in vain and peace does eventually return to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Syed Ali Muhammad

    I never gave a second thought to any such news untill I heard of your Khalu.. I guess it is only when we experience the shock associated with the demise of someone we know of that we realize how valuable a life is. i can’t even begin to imagine the grief you and your family feel..

    our country needs more people like your Khalu.. and am sure his sacrifice will inspire many into serving like him… Recommend

  • Anon

    Police personnel dying with lack of equipment,because of lack of funds. Why is there a lack of funds for important departments like this,why are people underpaid and under equipped and paying with their lives- because a lions share of the funds is diverted to the army and no money left for the nations development and infrastructure.Recommend

  • http://www.facebook.com/munirhydershah Munir Hyder

    Sad to see how Media made this story

    these people were workers of JEAY SINDH MUTAHIDA MAHAZ( JSMM) . the very same day operation against them was carried all over sindh on the workers of this organization.Recommend

  • Syed Shoaib Ali

    Unless there is fulfillment of punishment to the apprehended culprits we will keep on facing misadventures, may it be Urban areas or Tribal belt..Recommend

  • Fiz

    @Prabhjyot Singh Madan:
    No need to threaten me. I wasn’t talking about you!Recommend

  • Ali Naveed

    He is your baba and my Friend farhan ghouri uncle.
    Allah Give him High rank in jannat and patience to his family.Recommend

  • ali ahmed

    he was brave man..may his soul rest in peace..Recommend

  • Abdul Wahab Lashari

    May Allah Grant him Jannat ul firdos Ameen and In sha Allah . We will never forget, and always honor the heroes who lost their lives for this homeland.Recommend

  • Moiz Omar

    Rest in peace Mr. Khan. You are a martyr.Recommend

  • hs

    Unsung heroes … True heroesRecommend

  • Guest

    Your Khalu was a true patriot and a noble man who understood his role and lived to fulfill it, unmindful of the consequences. I liked the analogy of the chicken in the cage who instead of attacking the butcher run away from it. The loss of this brave man falls squarely on the shoulders of the administration that failed to provide essential resources that a re very basic in nature and for the inefficient running of the emergency and PAC. Where is that inefficiency coming from in society? Those people had to know that their slowness in responding is going to cause loss in lives but could they care? Recommend

  • Tamoor Rindh

    Brave man..may his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Noor

    @ Fiz

    I think you misunderstood Mr.Prabjyot Singh Madan. His mamu comment is for the author…her late maternal uncle.Recommend

  • Tamoor Rindh

    Brave man..may his soul rest in peaceRecommend

  • Parvez

    Our police have many failings and are criticised heavily and possibly justly as well. But there are always exceptions and your uncle was one. He gave his life in the line of duty and derseves respect and may he rest peacefully.
    Now to be a little critical, I thought the way you described the encounter resulting in his death needed a bit more attention, so that his professionalism, because he was a professional, came through better.
    Recommend

  • Karachiwala

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/590797/caught-in-the-act-two-policemen-die-trying-to-arrest-extortionists/

    According to the police, the gangster Zamin Chandio had refused to pay bribe to the Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station and allegedly beat up its police constable, Waseem. This incident took place early Thursday morning around 2am.

    When the injured constable returned, the police team went to raid the gangsters’ hideout to teach him a lesson. However, the gangsters opened fire at the police team and, as a result, SHO Saleem Khokhar was injured. Sensing the situation may go out of control, police teams from the rest of district East were summoned.

    In the resulting operation, DSP Qasim Ghauri and ASI Aslam were killed while another SHO Haider Zaidi of Bahadurabad police station and two constables were injured. They were shifted to a private hospital for treatment but their condition was critical. Recommend

  • Pankaj gahlot

    Sad to hear about the incident. Insensitive people doesnt care about others lifeRecommend

  • youth lahore

    True heroesRecommend

  • Fata

    Rest in peace Mr. KhanRecommend

  • Kulwant Singh

    @Noor:
    you are rigt broter RIP.Recommend

  • parvez

    RIP, a brave soul.Recommend

  • Nimra

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHIR RAJIOON.
    Salute! How i wish our country had more people like him, I can only pray to Allah to gift this nation many more Qasim Ali Ghouris , may he attain highest rewards in the life hereafter. Ameeeen. Recommend

  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan

    @Fiz:
    Not threatening you buddy, I was giving my condolences to the authoress. Keep your cool. Rab rakhaRecommend