Teenager drowns after being dared by friends to cross Jhelum River

Published: August 20, 2017


A teenage boy died after being dared by his peers to ‘jump’ in the Jhelum river, with the footage of the incident going viral on social media.

In the footage, 19-year-old Ali Abrar’s friends could be heard challenging him to swim through the stream. The youth had reportedly been promised Rs15,000 cash and a mobile phone in exchange for his stint.

According to Express News, the youth and five of his friends had arrived at Kohala bridge from Gujarat. Abrar eventually jumped to cross the river but was whisked away by the gushing stream. A search for his body is underway despite passage of a day.

Five of a family drown at Hawkesbay beach

Meanwhile, Bakaut area police have apprehended Abrar’s friends and registered a case against them on his father’s request.

Nearly a week ago, five people from the same family drowned at Hawkesbay beach, Karachi, while bathing in the sea. The incident occurred despite the provincial government having imposed a ban on swimming.

Earlier this year, four boys, studying at a private school, drowned at Karachi’s Sandspit beach near Hawksbay.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Shehryar Munir
    Aug 20, 2017 - 5:55PM

    No they wont be charged with murder. I feel really sorry for him and his family but the fact of the matter is that he was an adult that chose to make a decision. Its awful that he didnt make through and i wish he had. Recommend

  • umair
    Aug 20, 2017 - 8:03PM

    @Shehryar Munir:
    it is abetting murder. tough case but a good lawyer can prove it. similiar case in america when a girl was charged of encouraging her bf to commit suicide. this seems no different. Recommend

  • Jawad
    Aug 21, 2017 - 1:51AM

    Even Michael Phelps would have drown this was just a kid. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 21, 2017 - 6:07AM

    @Shehryar Munir: I disagree, they have not committed murder but encouraged suicide.Recommend

  • Justice
    Aug 21, 2017 - 10:33AM

    Feel sorry for the fellow. If his friends are sane than they will feel guilty for the rest of their life for what they have done to him. Such a punishment is more than any law in this world can offer.Recommend

  • ZM
    Aug 21, 2017 - 3:06PM


    No sherlock. This was not abetting murder. The danger to life was there but there was no explicit intention to kill by abetting. The suicide case was also completely different.Recommend

  • Humble
    Aug 21, 2017 - 5:11PM

    Isnt Mountain Dew campaign giving the same message to teenagers…. jump from buildings, mountains and dare yourself….Recommend

  • mad mamluk
    Aug 21, 2017 - 8:54PM

    in america this is 2nd degree murder and can carry heavy prison time. Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 23, 2017 - 4:01AM

    So if your friends tell you to jump from a bridge, would you jump?

    The age old question that parents ask their kids in Pakistan, now seen being enacted in real life. The boy is just as much responsible as anybody else. All dare devils know their limitations. This was such a Darwin moment. Recommend

  • Saqib
    Aug 23, 2017 - 10:34AM

    Very sad :( condolences to the unfortunate family. Bad act on his side. how can someone swim swearing t-shirt and trouser in a wild mountain river… Recommend

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