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Published Date: Jun 19, 2013

SDPI Press Release (June 19, 2013)

Paying
rich tribute to renowned peace activist, Muhammad Idrees kamal, participants of
a memorial reference said that he was symbol of struggle for peace and human
rights in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and Fata.  

They
were sharing memories at a reference jointly organized by Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Insani Huqooq Itehad (IHI) here on
Wednesday. 

Reference
was organized in memory of leading peace activist Idrees Kamal, who died of
brain hemorrhage on June 10 in Quetta. He was considered as one of the most
vocal and progressive advocate of human rights in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa and Fata.
Idrees was the Information Secretary of National Party, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and
also a founding member of Amn Tehreek (Peace Movement) which is working against
militancy and terrorism in the province.

Paying
tribute to his fellow comrade at the occasion, Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo,
Central President of National Party (NP) remembered him as the ‘symbol of
peace’ and said that Idrees Kamal life is marked with continuous struggle for
human rights and pro-poor agenda for a democratic society.  He said that
Idrees used to reach at every incident of bomb blast and lit candles to give
the message of hope to people shaken by militancy and violence and slowly this
transformed into a movement. He also asked progressive people and political
parties to unite on the common agenda of peace and carry forward his mission as
best way of presenting tribute to him.

Renowned
human rights activist, Tahira Abdullah, remembered Idrees Kamal as the most
informed human rights activist, who was always the first one to raise voice
against any incident of human rights violation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

“Idrees
Kamal was extremely vocal while defending Pakistan in international media and
presented Pakistan as a peace loving nation, commented Dr. Abid Suleri,
Executive Director, SDPI while recounting his memories of deceased friend. He
commended Idrees as a great leader and mentor who produced great number of
peace activist in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that would continue his legacy and
struggle for a non-violent peaceful society.  

Dr
Ishaq Baloch, Vice President of National Party said that sudden
demise of Idrees Kamal was a great loss not only for his family and National
Party but for whole society for whom he struggled throughout his life. He
called Idrees as an inspiration for political workers, and added that with an
honest commitment, everything is possible in the world.

Idrees
Kamal brother Taimor, his son Fahd Idrees and other members of his family were
also present at the occasion. They remembered him as an honest, brave and
committed person who dedicated his whole life to the cause of ordinary people.
They said that their whole family was proud of his achievements and
reiterated their resolve to carry forward his mission to the last end.

Some
other participants at the reference included MPA Rahmat Baloch from National
Party Balochistan, Britta Peterson, Country Representative, HBS Pakistan, Azhar
Lashari, from RDPI, Waseem Wahga from Aurat Foundation, Willilam Pervaiz from
Pattan and many others.