PESHAWAR Accountant Peshawar Press Club Mian Iqbal Shah who was critically injured in Tuesdays suicide bomb blast succumbed to his injuries on early Wednesday morning. Mian Iqbal Shah was seriously injured in last Tuesdays blast when he was present inside Peshawar Press Club. He was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of Lady Reading Hospital but succumbed to his injuries due to serious head injuries. Mian Iqbal Shah was one of the active staff members of Peshawar Press Club and was serving as an accountant. He joined Peshawar Press Club in January 2009 after his retirement from a government job. He was one of the most cooperative and interactive persons in the journalist community. Whenever a person entered the room of Mian Iqbal Shah, he would find him in a good mood. He was 66 years old. He served in the irrigation department as senior accountant and later retired upon reaching retiring age. The funeral prayers of Mian Iqbal Shah were offered in the Yakatoot area. A large number of journalists and respectable people of the area attended his funeral prayer. He was laid to rest in the Wazir Bagh area of Yakatoot. Agencies add: Scores of journalists wearing black armbands offered special prayers for the victims of suicide attack. More than 200 media personnel, including reporters and photographers, attended the funeral of Mian Iqbal, witnesses said. Joined by provincial cabinet ministers, they later converged at the press club where people laid wreaths at the bomb site. They offered prayers for the victims and black flags flew from the building. Several people wept over the constable who died intercepting the bomber. Police constable Mohammad Riazuddin, 45, had become a member of the journalist community. He knew all of us and always welcomed us with a smiling face, the president of the press club, Shamim Shahid, told AFP. We are observing a three-day mourning during which all activities at the club will remain suspended, he said. The International Press Institute called the attack a tragic blow for media freedom in one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists out in the field. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists demanded the government boost security at press clubs, accusing authorities of not doing enough to protect the media and calling for nationwide rallies. The attack on the Peshawar Press Club is a direct attack on the journalist fraternity, the union said. Media personnel are constantly being threatened by terrorist groups, including the Taliban to stop them reporting on their attacks, it said. Since September 11, 2001, 45 journalists have been killed and more than 300 wounded in attacks and targeted killings in Pakistan, the union said.