In memoriam: Abdul Wahab

Published: December 7, 2010

Abdul Wahab was an Express News reporter who was killed in a blast this month

Peace jirgas are groups of local elders from different tribal agencies who have decided to say no to terrorism. Their cause is to give a normal life to their families and they have decided to side with the army and government of Pakistan in an attempt to get rid of the insurgency in their area. In pursuit of peace they have often come under attack from misguided people who have gone to the extent of taking precious human lives, just because they think they are right and everyone else is wrong.

They killed more than 40 people in Mohmand Agency yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Two brainwashed men blew themselves up in the compound of a political administration office.

I must confess I had not heard about Abdul Wahab , Express News reporter until yesterday, when he too died in the tragedy. This was the headline in all broadcasts that I presented yesterday and everytime I read it I was reminded of how fragile life is.

It was heartbreaking to find a colleague had died in the line of duty. He was actually inside the compound, reporting on the developments of the meeting going on there when he saw the first suicide bomber. He ran towards the gate of the compound to escape where a guard had overpowered the second suicide bomber. Wahab reached the gate but it was too late. The second bomber blew himself up in the arms of the gate keeper.

Back in the Peshawar Bureau , his colleagues kept on trying to reach him. They knew he had gone inside the compound for coverage.

They soon found out they would never be able to contact him again.

May his soul rest in peace.


Waqas Rafique

An Islamabad based journalist who was a former employee of Express News. He tweets @waqasrafique (

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

  • Talat Haque

    It affects me greatly ……… may Allah grant him the best …… life truly is precious, it’s a pity some people have no realization. Recommend

  • lubna jerar naqvi

    Abdul Wahab was undoubtedly a brave person like many of the media persons working in “sensitive areas” at the risk of their lives. Deaths like the ones of Abdul Wahab reveal how dangerous it is for media people especially working in the field and how little protection they have from the “hazards” of work that in Pakistan can be anything from grazes received during a jostle with protestors or blown to smithereens in a terrorist attack. However, every time a media person is killed or is murdered in such circumstances reveals the fragile times we live in.Recommend

  • Shahbaz

    such persons are the treasure of a nation sacrifice their own lives in regard to inform about the real facts, what is going to do in actual. Great job he done may his soul rest in peace. Martyr is alive. Recommend

  • shahid Hamid

    He was our colleague and often used to come to office and we shared the views with him on the cup of tea.Smiling face,dedicated to the work and always worried how to break some big story and now he him self become a story.May Allah Pak rest his sould in eternal peace.Recommend

  • Umer farooq

    Waqas bhai,,i was also among those, that were dailing his number..we were waiting for his call and we were also trying to get some updates from him,,some said what the hell is he doing, his cell phone is off,,we were still dailing his contact,, then some said,, his contact is busy,,one said,, if his number is busy,, whome is he talking to?
    we didn know ..the person we are trying to contact,, is no more among us..
    i was the one who took his form to the USEFP….Anwar filled his form..
    i remember,, he came early in the morning coz i was leaving early for Islamabad,, i dont know wthr he stayed here in Peshawar or came early from his village..
    i still remember the glasses he used..
    i cant forget his simplicity…
    he was a superd..
    Missing you ..Abdul Wahab..
    may your soul rest in peace.. AmeenRecommend

  • bushra iram

    The reality sinks in only when we come to know about someone dear involved in such situations.Many have been victums of such attacks.May Allah rest his soul in peace and keep Pakistan safe.Recommend

  • Yousaf

    Every life is precious, It is extremely sad what happened in Orakzai. Recommend

  • Amer

    May Allah rest his soul in peace and keep Pakistan safe.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan

    A brave man Indeed!! May his soul rest in peace. Surah Fateha is due for the departed soulRecommend

  • Sana Saleem

    So Sorry that we have lost a precious life. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Ali Hassan

    May his soul rest in piece.Recommend

  • Muhammad israr

    He was my cousin.he was a nice nd talented person.May his soul rest in peaceRecommend

  • Abdul Sadiq

    May Allah rest his soul in peace. Recommend