Iqra Khan, 23, daughter of lawyer Mohammmed Moin Khan, said even after her father was shot by two assailants near their residence Monday, she had fervently hoped he would survive the attack.
“He was gasping for breath. I am a medical student… I thought he could be saved as he hadn’t lost too much blood. But the bullets were lodged inside his body and he succumbed to injuries later,” she said.
Iqra said her father was not only a hard working and helping man, he was also the one who “motivated and inspired” her.
Hours before the attack, her father had dropped her at Jamia Hamdard College in Tughlaqabad, where she is pursuing her MBBS. “He asked me about my exams. Every day, he inspired me. He worked hard and he was a very honest man. He imparted the same values to us,” said Iqra.
Khan had already started making plans for his retirement, she said, adding, “He was planning to practice law… he wanted to give back to the society”.
She recalled a conversation she had with her father, when she told him she wanted to go abroad to study. “He said there is no need to go outside the country… he advised me to work here and give back to the country,” said Iqra.
Khan was always ready to help out others with legal advice, she said. “Sometimes my mother would ask him why he never took money for such advice. He said he didn’t need to charge money to do what he was supposed to do,” said Iqra.
“My mother would joke that we could have been billionaires, but her husband never accepted a bribe,” she said.
As she broke down sobbing, Iqra said, “I have only heard or read about murders on TV or in newspapers. I never thought this could happen to me or my family. We are in a state of shock”.
Khan is survived by his wife and three daughters. Iqra is the oldest and she has two sisters in Class XII and Class X.