One of the victims of a recent drone attack in Waziristan happens to be an undergraduate geology student of the Abdul Wali Khan University of Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Hafiz Bilal, a Bachelor student of geology at the Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, was killed in a drone attack that targeted a militant compound in Waziristan on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, reported Pakistan Today. The news tells that Bilal was one of the five students who had been closely working with a militant group called the Haqqani Network. The son of an employee of the Livestock Department, Bilal belonged to Lakki Marwat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, but he went to Waziristan during the summer vacation. There, he was present in a compound belonging to militants when the drone struck, killing him with others.
But a statement published in the Urdu daily Ausaf (Saturday, July 16, 2011) describes Bilal as an innocent, intelligent student who had countless good qualities and who devoted all his time to his studies. The statement comes from Bilal’s teacher and the chairman of the university’s Department of Geology, Dr. Fazli-Rabbi Khan. Expressing sorrow over Bilal’s death, Dr. Khan states that the US is bombing innocent citizens instead of killing terrorists, which is condemnable. He prayed for Bilal to rest in peace.
Last year, a geology student of the Department of Geology, University of Peshawar, was arrested by the police in connection with the abduction of Mohammad Ajmal Khan, the Vice-chancellor of Islamia College University. The student was interrogated by the police after they intercepted an sms message sent by him and which related the abduction of Ajmal Khan.