Crash victim: ‘I couldn’t feel my legs’

Published: April 23, 2012

" How do you make sense of the fact that you won’t ever see your baby again?" Mumtaz Ahmed, who lost a daughter and son. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Bhoja Air flight B213’s crash has left scores of families with inerasable scars and indescribable trauma.

For Mumtaz Ahmed that day will be remembered in infamy — he not only lost his wife but also two of his four children on the ill-fated flight which claimed the lives of 127 people on Friday.

A resident of Islamabad, Ahmed was anxiously waiting for his wife, daughter and son to reach Islamabad after spending a month in Karachi.

He instead received three coffins and life henceforth changed for him.

“I was waiting to receive my family at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport at around 6:00 pm and within half an hour, news broke on TV about the plane crash.

“I couldn’t feel my legs; the feeling was inexplicable, the pain excruciating,’’ Ahmed said with vacant eyes — as if staring into an abyss.

“I last heard their voices when the plane was about to take off from Karachi. And hours later I received their bodies at the PIMS hospital.’’

His wife Khalida, and two children – 13-year-old son Faique and six-year-old daughter Yamna – had gone to Karachi last month to visit their maternal grandmother.

Originally from Karachi, the family had settled in Islamabad in the last couple of years. The two children, Faique and Yamna, used to study in the Islamabad Convent School.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Ahmed said he has lost everything.

“When I heard the news I tried to reach the site but could not due to heavy traffic,” he said, trying hard to hide his tears.

Nostalgically, he said that his son Faique was in grade seven and daughter Yamna in grade four — both exceptionally studious with Faique receiving straight As last year.

“Yamna, the youngest one, was especially close to me. I had been missing her immensely since she left for Karachi. How do you make sense of the fact that you won’t ever see your baby again?’’

Misery has consumed the eldest son of the family too.

“I had never imagined this would happen to me. I’ve lost a mother, sister and brother,” Rashique said in disbelief.

While the family tries to fill the painful void that this tragedy has left in their lives, many a tear fall across the country with an incident that will refuse to wear down with time.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2012.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Citizen
    Apr 23, 2012 - 9:21AM

    I have tears in my eyes . Its very tragic incident. I pray Allah give Sabr to Mumtaz Ahmed and all people who have lost their loved ones.

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  • Usman Aftab
    Apr 23, 2012 - 12:25PM

    It could have been any one. Brought tears to my eyes. Extremely painful.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 23, 2012 - 1:32PM

    It is very painful to read .. My heart goes out to the families who lost thier loved ones. :(

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Apr 23, 2012 - 1:58PM

    it is very sad… my heart is crying for all those passenger and cabin crew

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  • Mr. Honest
    Apr 23, 2012 - 2:38PM

    very sad indeed… May Allah give them patience to bear this immense grief.

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  • Concerned Citizen
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:22PM

    May Allah Bless their souls and may Allah give their families the courage to move forward.Time is the only healer. It is easier said than done as if I who doesn’t even know them have tears in my eyes I can’t even comprehend how the family is feeling. Only thing I can say is that it was their time and Allah has called them and we need to respect that by moving forward. May Allah Bless them and forgive their sins. May Allah give the family the courage to face and pass this difficult time in their life.

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  • Habib ur Rehman
    Apr 23, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Dear All Affectees,

    May ALLAH KAREEM give all you Sabr e Azeem and give you Ajr e Azeem for that Sabr e Azeem.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 23, 2012 - 5:05PM

    My heart bleeds for you! May God give you courage to bear this loss. I know you lost everything. Words cannot explain your pain & sorrow.

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  • Concerned
    Apr 23, 2012 - 6:08PM

    God bless this family and others who lost their near and dear ones in this tragic air disaster.

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