Crushed dreams: ‘If I knew where he was going, I would not have let him’

Rickshaw driver grieves over the death of his 21-year-old son.

Noorwali Shah April 28, 2013
Grief and panic engulfed LRH’s emergency ward as relatives of the victims rushed to the hospital following the blast. PHOTO: FILE


Sunday rang dreadful bells for Farooq’s family. The 21-year-old college student was visiting independent candidate Nasir Khan’s election office to observe campaign activities when a bomb exploded, claiming the lives of his and two others, Ismail and Salman.

Adam Khan, Farooq’s father and a rickshaw driver, had hoped his son would take care of the family after completing his education. He was the only brother to six sisters and the most educated of all his siblings.

Adam had shifted his family from Bara, Khyber Agency after military operations began in the area. “We have been living in Maqsoodabad area for the last two years. When the military operation started, I moved my family so that my son could get an education. I was financing his studies through my rickshaw,” Adam said. “If I knew my son was going to the election office, I would not have let him go.”

Adam said he was not expecting his son’s death in a relatively safer place like Peshawar. “Most of the people killed in the blast were those displaced due to military operations and now we don’t know where to go for safety,” he added.

At least 20 others were injured in the explosion near the election office of Nasir Khan in Maqsoodabad area on Charsadda Road. Nasir is running for NA-46 Khyber Agency.

According to sources at the Lady Reading Hospital, the injured include 10-year-old Abu Bakar, seven-year-old Ayesha, five-year-old Muzamil and 10-year-old Zeeshan, among others.

The LRH administration imposed an emergency in the hospital. Since most of the staff is off on Sunday, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff from other wards were called in for assistance.

“We called doctors along with 10 nurses from other wards because the staff on duty in the emergency ward was not enough to deal with the situation. We also informed other senior doctors in the nearby staff colony to prepare themselves to be called in for duty if the situation goes out of control,” said LRH spokesman Jamil Shah.

Grief and panic engulfed LRH’s emergency ward as relatives of the victims rushed to the hospital following the blast.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2013.


Arzoo | 8 years ago | Reply

Heartbreaking. The only brother of six sisters and the hope and dream of his poor father. Very sad, indeed. I wonder how the killers can look themselves in the mirror for causing so much hurt, deprivation, and heartbreaks of the poor and innocent who are already the most oppressed of our society. These killers do not have the guts to go in well secured posh areas and attack the rich and wealthy, not that it will do any good anyway. Public should know that these killers, by whatever name they carry, are cowards and the enemies of humanity. And, the ones who recruited them, created them, and trained them, and invited the foreign ones to come to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight the Soviets, starting in the 1980s, are to be blamed and condemned for causing this misery.

Stranger | 8 years ago | Reply

Strange how in each bomb blast or natural calamity majority of those affected are the poor.

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