Labour leader killed in suicide attack

A prominent labour leader Master Khudad Khan was killed in a suicide attack in Peshawar on 15 October. He was on his way for a meeting and was passing by an intelligence center when a religious fanatic blew himself up killing him and several others on the spot.

Master Khudad was elected provincial information secretary of Labour Party Pakistan at its founding congress held on November 21, 2004, in the North West Frontier Province. He remained a committed member of LPP until his death.

Master Khudad was the deputy general secretary of Pakistan Workers Confederation and a founding member of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. The Pakistan Workers Confederation is the main body of trade unions in Pakistan.

The unfortunate side of this episode is that the body of Master Khudad has not handed over to his relatives. A picture of the dead bodies printed in a local paper confirmed to the relatives on October 18 that Master Khudad was among the victims.He had been missing from home since October 15 and they had no clue of his whereabouts.

Master Khudad was the deputy general secretary of Pakistan Workers Confederation and a founding member of Bonded Labour Liberation Front. The Pakistan Workers Confederation is the main body of trade unions in Pakistan.

Master Khudad's main contribution to the working-class movement in Pakistan has been his role in establishing Bonded Labour Liberation Front. He helped many to flee from the chains of slavery.

Farooq Ahmad, a member national executive committee LPP, in collaboration of others is launching a campaign to recover his body.

This is the second main leader of LPP who has lost his life in a suicide attack. Earlier Abdullah Qureshi, a senior leader of LPP, was killed in December 2007 in Matta.