May the children rest in peace

Published: April 27, 2012

KARACHI: The Bhoja Airlines crash has wreaked havoc on the lives of so many families. As the news spread of the fatal tragedy, we at the Generation’s School also discovered that we were directly affected. One such family of the Generation’s School was on its way to Islamabad to attend a family event. Mr and Mrs Adeel Jameel Chughtai, accompanied by their four children, Suleman, Sarah, Hafsah and Sumaiya, were on board flight B213. The children had been in school earlier that day, the older ones having just completed their exams. Imagine the state of their joy! And then think about the fall they endured so abruptly.

Verily, to Allah we belong, and to Him is our return. The Chughtais were one of the most lively, contributing and respectable Generian families and will be remembered for their positivity and spark for a long time to come. Their deaths are a great loss to their family, Generation’s School, and the community at large. May Allah bless the deceased Chughtais and give their families patience and fortitude in this time of crisis.

The Chughtai children were models of courage and discipline. Always smiling! They treated their teachers with respect and fellow students with care. They worked hard and maintained excellent relationships. As such, they reflected the upbringing of their parents. Truly, they were an exceptional family who knew how to be happy and thankful no matter what. Knowing this, I can’t help but think that they must have performed deeds to assist their fellow passengers in their final hours. May Allah accept those actions, and reward them.

No one could have stopped this tragedy from happening, no matter what, because Allah had willed it so. Now, for us, this is the time to reflect and ponder and to learn. How does it affect us individually and collectively? How do we respond to this disastrous happening? Definitely, we feel extremely grieved. We have cried and wept for the Chughtais as well as for everyone else on board that plane. At the same time, this process of mourning should enable us to rebound to a higher level of action.

With our limited vision, we see the fall of the plane and the horrible tragedy. However, through guidance, the Almighty enables us to understand the heights to which He took them. May He enable us to reflect upon this event and learn to orient our lives according to His pleasure. Ameen.

Dr Ghazala Siddiqui

Principal, Generation’s School

Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • fareeha
    Apr 28, 2012 - 1:56AM

    may Allah give sabr to those affected. What a tragedy


  • s shah
    Apr 28, 2012 - 1:59AM

    Inna Lillahi wa Inna Elahi Rajeoon. A great tragedy. May they rest in peace and may they all be granted Jannat and may Allah SWT grant strength to those of their family who were left behind.


  • Apr 28, 2012 - 7:54PM


    The Editor
    The Express Tribune

    Friday 28th April, 2012

    Ms. Muna Aftab,
    University of Karachi
    Karachi 75300

    Bhoja Air crash as a National misfortune, PM Pakistan and Media go to bash!
    Dear Sir/Ms,

    Proclaiming the Bhoja Air crash as a National misfortune, Prime Minister has said that transparent investigations of the accident will be commencing soon. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani welcomed the approach of opposition to investigations. Expressing his deep grief and sadness over the horrifying accident, he said that such a debate would rather embarrass Federation globally. As if that the grief of people and the victim’s families is not a problem and this hurt feeling which was given to the nation by our very own prime minister was not enough, and the television media appeared as another dilemma. The media had become so irresponsible while showing the incident through live transmission. It seemed like a story teller is creating visualization for thrill and epic drama. There body parts were shown along with the belongings of the passengers. Even the bangles of a lady who lost her life were shown with close ups as if it was a fashion parade. I wonder, did the reporters ever think of the relatives of that lady whose bangles they were showing? Is this called journalism? Is this what we call independence of media? Can this be defined by the giants of media whose routine is to read thriller novelettes till midnight and start implementation on their news agencies when they wake up in the morning?


    Muna Aftab
    M.A Student
    Dept. Mass Communication
    University of Karachi


  • Apr 29, 2012 - 1:59AM

    feeling sad


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