The enraged man, who had committed self-immolation as a protest against the demolition of his house by revenue officials here outside the Multan Press Club, succumbed to his burns on Monday.

The man was identified as Shahbaz, a resident of Aarywala, and his condition was earlier stated to be critical in Nishtar Hospital Multan. The protester told journalists before setting himself on fire that patwari Rana Razzaq demolished his house with the connivance of tehsildar and now they wanted to illegally occupy other houses of the area. “I am going to burn myself as a protest against the illegal acts of the patwari,” he suddenly declared before committing suicide attempt.

Witnesses said that the man doused himself with petrol and lit the fire so quickly that no one could do anything. The passers-by and journalists put out the fire and called Rescue 1122 personnel. The Rescuers provided him first aid and shifted to Nishtar Hospital.

SCRUTINY OF PAPERS: The scrutiny of nomination papers is underway in Multan and this process will end on Tuesday (today), said Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sources.

The polling for the election of local government representatives in Multan will take place on December 3 under third and last round of the local bodies elections.

A total of 919 aspirants for the offices of Chairman and Vice Chairman as well as 4,477 for councilors had submitted nomination papers for upcoming local government election and hundreds of papers were rejected for different reasons, sources further revealed.

The ECP has appointed a total of 26 Returning Officers (ROs) for 185 union councils of Multan and 12 wards each of Shujabad and Jalalpur Pirwala.