Pakistan: Olympic boxer Abrar Hussain shot dead
In yet another brutal instance of violence, Pakistan's well-known Olympics boxer Abrar Hussain was shot dead in the Baluchistan province. The 51 year old sportsman was shot by killers at his office in Ayub Stadium where he worked in the capacity of Chairman of the Baluchistan Sport Board.
The Secretary of the Pakistan Boxing Federation, Akram Khan said, "He was shot several times and was also hit in the head. He was rushed to hospital but died before any medical help could be given to him."
A name to reckon with in the sporting circuit in Pakistan, Abrar Hussain had won a gold medal in the Asian Games in 1990 at Beijing and many other Asian competitions. He also represented Pakistan in Olympics in the year 1984, 1988 and 1992. He is also the recipient of one of the highest civilian awards in Pakistan, the Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance.
Khan added that Abrar was a top notch qualified boxing coach and said, "He was a legendary figure in Pakistan and Asian boxing and we had also nominated him as our representative in many international events."
Quetta has recently become infamous for many violent attacks by separatists and Taliban militants on government officials and security forces. The police are still investigating the motive behind the murder. Hamid Shakil, a police official has been quoted as saying, "It could be personal enmity or a target killing as part of the ongoing violence by militants and separatists but we can confirm he died due to shots to his head."