The heroic policeman who lost his eye saving an FC officer at Faizabad

By
Zarghoon Shah

MANSEHRA: Israr Tanoli, a member of the capital’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, lost his right eye after protesters pelted stones at law enforcers during the Faizabad operation last week.

The heroic policeman showed immense courage after he saved the life of a Frontier Corps officer during the operation. “The protesters had attacked us, when all the officers started running away. I saw one of the FC officers being attacked with axes by 10 to 15 men. I prayed to God and ran towards him to save him from the mob,” he told Geo News.

“Then, I carried him on my shoulders to where other troops were present. However, as we were moving away one of the stones hit me in the eye.”

Israr Tanoli, a member of the capital’s Anti-Terrorism Squad, lost his right eye after protesters pelted stones on law enforcers during the Faizabad operation. Photo: Geo News screen grab
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The policeman shared that he was then taken to PIMS Hospital for treatment. The stitches were still fresh when an ambulance took Tanoli to his village in Mansehra, Bajna, where there is no hospital or clinic.

Tanoli is the sole breadwinner of the house and supporting his four siblings. He has completed his Masters from Punjab University and MPhil from Quaid-e-Azam University.

“My eye has been damaged completely. The retina has also been damaged,” he said.

“I am in a lot more pain now,” he remarked, adding that the apathy of the government and the authorities towards his condition is abysmal.

Even the family members of Tanoli are worried about his condition. A new room for being built for Tanoli, as he was going to get married in February, his family shared. However, the construction has stopped now. 

The three-week long sit-in, which had paralysed the federal capital, was called off early Monday after protesters reached an agreement with the government.

The agreement was reached following the voluntary resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid.