Rawalpindi: Man sets himself on fire
RAWALPINDI: A man set himself on fire at Liaquat Bagh on Monday night, police said. Mohammad Ishfaq Butt, 43, a resident of Gawalmandi suffered 100 per cent burns, and was shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) where doctors described his condition as critical. Quoting witnesses, police said people present at Liaquat Bagh saw a man engulfed in flames near the stage where former prime minister Benazir Bhutto addressed a rally on December 27, 2007.
The incident took place at around 9pm when a large number of people were strolling around and children playing on the ground.
Station House Officer (SHO) City Police Station Mirza Yousuf Raza, when contacted, said the victim doused petrol on himself and showed a match stick.
The SHO said the victim told the people, who rushed to his rescue, that he had set himself on fire due to domestic issues.
He said a diary (note book), pair of shoes, burnt clothes and national identity card were found from the site.
Ishfaq Butt had two sons – Shan Butt, 22, and Tayyab Butt – and one daughter Afshan who was a B.Com student at a local college.
According to the man’s older son, his father used to sell fruit near the old bus stand in Saddar. On Monday he did not take out his fruit cart and remained at home.
He said his father left his house in the evening without telling them where he was going.
“My father had no problems at home, though he was a little worried about his fruit business,” the victim’s son said.