A nine-year-old boy was crushed to death by an Elite Force vehicle which was part of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ‘home-going rally’ on Friday.
Hamid, resident of Lala Mosa, Gujarat was killed when the car in the convoy hit him, police said.
The father of the child fainted as soon as he saw his son’s body lying on the road, Express News reported. According to eyewitnesses, Hamid was standing near the roadside when the vehicle hit him.
Despite the incident, the motorcade did not stop and sped away. Passersby took the boy to the nearest hospital but he could not survive.
Meanwhile, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar termed the loss a “sacrifice for Pakistan.”
“Millions of people rendered sacrifices during Pakistan’s creation [too],” he said and added. “He was our child; if he joined [the rally meant] for Pakistan, [then] God bless him.”
PML-N leader Khawaja Saad Rafique expressed grief on Hamid’s death by the motorcade and said party’s leaders will arrive at his house to condole on the loss. He went on to add that “the boy was the first martyr of our movement.”
Later, chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condemned the incident, saying it was regrettable that vehicles in the former PM’s convoy had hit and killed the boy.
A case has been registered against unidentified persons at Gujarat city police station on the request of the slain child’s uncle. According to the report, the recklessly driven car hit the child and killed him.
Nawaz is leading a rally to Lahore as part of a campaign against his ouster by the top court in the Panama Papers case. According to the PML-N leader, his disqualification by the Supreme Court was an insult to millions of people who had voted for him.