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Nawa-i-Waqt last victim dies of injuries

KARACHI- Sajid Mehmood, staffer of Nawa-i-Waqt who was injured in the bomb blast at Grumandir office of the newspaper, succumbed to his injuries at Liaquat National Hospital (LNH) on Saturday, thus rising the death toll in the bomb incident to our.

It may be recalled here that on November 6, a bomb was detonated in the offices of Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation in which three persons including a suspected woman who came in the office were killed. Three persons sustained injuries in which Sajid Mehmood got 74 per cent burn injuries.

He was first admitted to the Bums Department of Civil Hospital, Karachi and later he was shifted to Liaquat National Hospital where he died. He was 28 years old.

The editorial and other staff of Nawa-i-Waqt and The Nation expressed their profound grief over the tragic death of the staff member Sajid Mehmood. His body was dispatched to his native town in Attock where he was buried. His father and outer relatives came to Karachi to receive the body where both of his brothers were already present. One of his elder brothers is serving The Nation in the capacity of General Manager while two brothers of the deceased are at The Nation and Nawa-i-Waqt Islamabad station.

The late Sajid Mehmood was popular among his friends and colleagues and fond of cricket. Prior to joining the newspaper, Sajid Mehmood served as Pakistan Air Force as Airman. Later he went to Malaysia after resigning the air-force service. He joined Nawa-i-Waqt Computer Department. He was born in Attock in 1972 and was fifth among his brothers.

A day prior to the bomb blast, Sajid came to the office at 11.00 am in the morning and informed his colleagues that he would be on leave on Monday, but the hands of death did not spare him.

On the day of bomb blast incident, soon after his arrival in the office room of the deceased Najam Zaidi and Ziaul Haq, who were also killed in the blast, a lady, clad in veil came to the room. She asked for publishing an advertisement in the newspaper, according to the watch and ward, Azam Khan, who left the room when the explosive device blasted in which the woman was also killed. Azam Khan also sustained injuries and is recovering at Civil Hospital, Karachi.
Source: The Nation
Date:11/12/2000