Mastung attack: Journey to save child’s life cut horribly short

Published: September 24, 2011
An ethnic Hazara Shia is comforted by his relative after he arrived at the local hospital in Quetta, to find a family member shot dead, September 20, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

An ethnic Hazara Shia is comforted by his relative after he arrived at the local hospital in Quetta, to find a family member shot dead, September 20, 2011.PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE


Yusuf Ali was going to collect money for his son’s bone marrow transplant when he was shot dead.

Ali, 46, was among the 26 victims of the attack on a passenger bus in Mastung that was carrying mostly Shia pilgrims to Iran. He was not one of the pilgrims, but employed in an Iranian company where his colleagues had promised to give him financial assistance for his son’s surgery.

Ali’s youngest son, seven-year-old Hassan, has been a Thalassemia patient for two years and doctors had recently suggested a bone marrow transplant for the boy costing Rs3 million.

“Yusuf Ali was a mechanic who was working in a Dubai- based company in Iran for the past three years,” said one of his relatives Muhammad Muneer.

The victim was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in a village near Mansehra on Thursday. Ali’s immediate family was not available for comment because they had not returned to Abbottabad after the burial.

“Ali was happy when he left for Tehran and told his wife that he would return soon after arranging the money, promising that their child would soon lead a normal life,” his neighbour Riaz Ahmed told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Rashid A. Cheema
    Sep 24, 2011 - 10:04AM

    Very sad..


  • Batool
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:30PM



  • Asad
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:31PM

    VERY SAD. balochistan govt. should take this in notice and help the family…


  • umair
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:39PM

    we should donate.. all of us.. hope express tribune sets up funds for cases like these i will definitely donate what i can.. lets show that only 10% of pakistanis are extremist illiterates.. the rest of us care for other human beings may it be shia sunni hindu christian sikh.


  • ali
    Sep 25, 2011 - 6:05AM

    Yup!! Its bad @umair I am with you


  • MK
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:46AM

    i cant believe we have stooped so low as a nation. innocent ppl are suffering and no one cares..


  • lehumanist
    Sep 25, 2011 - 8:57AM

    God has hung up on Pakistan, we can’t even leave a message for him It is a cursed country. Another story in the biblical sense or just like in Quran, we read the stories of cursed nations. Here we kill people in the name of Allah and expect 72 hoors in the paradise.


  • Syed Junaid Shah
    Sep 25, 2011 - 12:14PM

    We miss our beloved cousin Yousaf Ali, martyred in quetta firing incident. He was so caring to all of us. Surely, he left a prominent gape in our family. May Allah bless His sacred soul with mercy. . AmeenRecommend

  • Sep 25, 2011 - 6:32PM


    @ Syed Junaid Shah

    Sorry for your loss and may Allah give you and the family strength.

    I’d like to ask, what is young Hassan’s status? Have the funds for surgery been met? Is there a way for us to donate as suggested by Umair? Would be great if the author, Muhammad Sadaqat could confirm this.


  • Syed Junaid Shah
    Sep 26, 2011 - 9:37PM

    Surely, it wil a great effort, if smbdy put a part to save Hassan’s life. He need regular blood transfusion but he z in such a crucial cnditn that only bone marrow transplant is a permanent solution per doctrs sugestns. . If smbdy z willing to donate for saving Hassan’s life, he cn directly meet with us or can cntct us on the below given addreses.

    Yousaf Ali s/o Umar daraz

    village maloga, tehsil oghi, district mansehra (kpk)

  • Syed Ali Taqi Shah
    Sep 26, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Junaid, please guide us if the funds have been arranged and where we can offer our help?


  • Syed Junaid Shah
    Sep 27, 2011 - 6:35PM

    @ Syed Ali Taqi Shah

    Shah jee, i hv mentiond all of the posble refrences in my previous cmment. . Still v all, and specialy my cousin’s family z in a deep grief of loosing such a nice person. But Hassan’s present cnditin z unsatsfctry as wel. . Surgery may cast about 3 millions rupees. So its a huge amount n may need coopration to meet.Recommend

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