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Web Date: January 25, 2016

Chemists Killed In Terror Attack In Pakistan

Obituary: Community mourns loss of professor Syed Hamid Hussain and student Sajid Hussain
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Pakistan, terror attack
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Syed Hamid Hussain
Credit: Jamal Rafique
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Syed Hamid Hussain
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Sajid Hussain
Credit: Courtesy of Zarbad Shah
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Sajid Hussain
Credit: Courtesy of Zarbad Shah

Bacha Khan University chemistry professor Syed Hamid Hussain and undergraduate student Sajid Hussain were among the people killed in a terrorist attack at the school in northwest Pakistan on Jan. 20.

The assault involved four gunmen and was orchestrated by a Pakistani Taliban militant based in Afghanistan, Reuters reported on Jan. 23.

Because of concern about terrorist attacks, university faculty had requested and received permission to carry handguns, Syed Hamid Hussain told former labmate and friend Jamal Rafique last year. When the Jan. 20 attack occurred, Syed used his handgun to defend faculty and students before he was killed, Bacha Khan chemistry department chair Zarbad Shah says.

Syed received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Peshawar, where he worked with chemical sciences professor Mohammad Arfan on phytochemistry research.

“He always loved chemistry, and we were always staying late in lab for research work,” says Rafique, who also worked in Arfan’s lab in Peshawar and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil. “He was extremely devoted in teaching and research, always helped students and common individuals, and was an extremely honest and polite person,” Rafique adds. “I lost the most precious and dearest friend.”

Syed joined the faculty at Bacha Khan University in 2013 and continued to study phytochemicals. “He was very friendly with students and very cooperative with his colleagues, Shah says. “He was also a very good experimentalist and a good researcher.”

Syed is survived by his wife, three-year-old son, and infant daughter.

Sajid Hussain, who is not related to Syed, was in his final year as a chemistry major at Bacha Khan University. He was famous at the school for writing “Sajid Chemist” on his table in the student residence and to identify his lab space, Shah says.

“He was very keen on research” and was working with Shah on a research project to synthesize calcium complexes with N-donor organic ligands, Shah says. Sajid had just finished exams and was starting to focus on his research work on the day that he was killed, Shah says.

 
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Comments
Dr. Jamal Rafique (Mon Jan 25 19:48:29 EST 2016)
Thanks Ms. Jyllian for the story. Our soil not only lost devoted chemists but very honest and great people. There is no substitute for Dr. Hamid, he was bravest to stand against the terrorist. These terrorist are worst than coward animals attacking innocent people.
May God give patience to Hamid's family and families of those who were killed in this barbaric incident.
zarbad shah (Mon Jan 25 21:23:06 EST 2016)
Thank you. yes indeed, these persons were great who sacrified their life for a noble cause. I have no words in count to express their bravery.
Zarbad Shah
Head of Chemistry Department
Bacha Khan University, Charsadda
Qamar uz Zaman (Mon Jan 25 22:48:03 EST 2016)
It is matter of severe grieve for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,Pakistan that terrorists attacked reknowned pakistani university and deprived us the source of knowlede and research but we are confident that this brutle event can not shake our continuous support to research
and development not only in pakistan but throughout the world.We affirm that Dr. Hamid's
restless effort will not go in vain.
SYED LAL BADSHAH (Mon Jan 25 23:42:28 EST 2016)
Rest in Peace Dr. Hamid.
Abdullah Usman (Tue Jan 26 09:18:28 EST 2016)
Dr. Syed Hamid Hussain heroic deed, who practically proved his dedication to the cause against terror, where raises a vacuum of a brave chemist and other lives, at the same time demands a solemn pledge to join hands at all levels; against the outlaws getting access to those chemicals/explosives/IEDs/material, in formation of harmonized domestic and international legal regime, assistance in means and modes of trace evidence collection/analysis and interpretation of same in the courtrooms aiding the criminal justice system.
In continuation of these efforts a Symposium "Chemistry of Peace" is organized in the upcoming ACS annual meeting at San Diego:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/abstract-submissions/acsnm251/division-of-chemistry-and-the-law.html
This Symposium shall aim at highlighting different means of terrorism the world today is challenged with and shall seek a system to combat access of terrorists to those chemicals which are used as IED'S (improvised Explosive Devices) in order to maintain Peace and Order in the world. This shall include segments:
1. Terror and Terrorism-epistemology and various connotations: Global and Domestic impact.
2. Countering terrorism and attaining Peace: Chemistry of Peace.
3. Chemical and Explosives terrorism- Domestic and international implications.
4. Chemistry and Human Rights: hand in hand for peace and stability.
Let us rise and put collective efforts to fight against terrorism!
Abdullah Usman (Tue Jan 26 11:37:46 EST 2016)
Dr. Syed Hamid Hussain heroic deed, who practically proved his dedication to the cause against terror, where raises a vacuum of a brave chemist and other lives, at the same time demands a solemn pledge to join hands at all levels; against the outlaws getting access to those chemicals/explosives/IEDS/material, in formation of harmonized domestic and international legal regime, assistance in means and modes of trace evidence collection/analysis and interpretation of same in the courtrooms aiding the criminal justice system.
In continuation of these efforts a Symposium "Chemistry of Peace" is organized in the upcoming ACS annual meeting at San Diego:
http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/abstract-submissions/acsnm251/division-of-chemistry-and-the-law.html
This Symposium shall aim at highlighting different means of terrorism the world today is challenged with and shall seek a system to combat access of terrorists to those chemicals which are used as IED'S (improvised Explosive Devices) in order to maintain Peace and Order in the world. This shall include segments:
1. Terror and Terrorism-epistemology and various connotations: Global and Domestic impact.
2. Countering terrorism and attaining Peace: Chemistry of Peace.
3. Chemical and Explosives terrorism- Domestic and international implications.
4. Chemistry and Human Rights: hand in hand for peace and stability.
Let us rise and put collective efforts to fight against terrorism!
Abdullah Usman Advocate
Abdullah Law Chambers
www.abdullahlawchambers.com

Robert H. Woodman (Wed Jan 27 09:57:21 EST 2016)
I grieve at this loss to Pakistan's science community. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all the victims of this attack and with their families, friends, and colleagues who survived them.
Tom C. (Wed Jan 27 13:32:14 EST 2016)
The countries involve in breeding terrorists and assistant them, should think seriously now. No double standard please. Innocent lives lost, and families suffer a lot.
Ken Baer (Wed Jan 27 22:40:32 EST 2016)
Thank you for this article. This is a tragedy for all professionals and for chemists especially. The victims unselfishly give of themselves and this happens. As professionals, we must be on our guard to prevent terrorism. From the article the professor saved others; he himself was killed. What a testimony. These were generous hearts. As one body, especially as chemists, we all suffer and mourn this loss in our community.
andi zulkifli (Sun Feb 28 18:47:36 EST 2016)
Jazzakhallah for this article. We are so sorry to this accident
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