KARACHI: A fan Latif Shibli, who was demanding an extension in tenure of former Army Chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif, committed suicide over the latter’s retirement, his son claimed on Wednesday.
According to local media reports, Shibli, 64, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), started his protest on November 1, threatening that he would commit suicide if Gen Raheel was not given an extension in service.
“Raheel Sharif is a messiah. I am his fan. Only he can save the country from terrorism and social ills,” read the posters and banners set up around his camp. According to doctors the man took his life by consuming poison.
According to Latif Shibli’s son, his father died on Wednesday after consuming insecticides as he was heartbroken over the retired general’s departure.
It may be mentioned here that many civil society groups sought extension in the tenure of former military head as was promised by him.