Untraced students' parents face anguish
ISLAMABAD, July 13: Worried parents and families continued to arrive at
the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Thursday searching for
their children missing from the start of the Lal Masjid
Majority of them were looking for male students associated with
For them the agony continued even after eight tortuous days
when they could not find their sons, brothers and nephews in the lists of
injured, discharged and even the dead.
Dozens of family members have been
running between hospitals, jails and until recently the new H-11 graveyard,
where over 70 unidentified bodies were laid to rest.
Khanzada stood in
front of the noticeboard placed outside the emergency entrance at Pims for the
third time going through the list of the injured and the dead hoping to stumble
upon his 17- year-old nephew Yar Badsha's name.
"They are driving us to
commit suicide. I will be grateful if the government handed over my nephew even
if he is dead so that I can take his body back home for proper burial," he
At first sight, Mohammad Wasil and Khattak Khan did not seem to
have much in common. But neither Wasil from Charsadda nor Khattak from Mohmand
Agency had seen their brothers from the day "Operation Silence"
"We have been searching in Adiala Jail and Polyclinic and Pims but
could not trace our brothers. If they are not in jails and hospitals then where
are they," asked Wasil.
Khattak said he was not going back home without
his younger brother, Khan Mohammad, 22.
Fareed had come from Swat trying
to trace his brother, Rehmanullah who was a member of Ghazi's security team. "I
spent all day at H-11 graveyard but they tell us that the authorities have taken
pictures and collected other details of the dead to show to families later," he
said. "We know he is dead. He came home a day before the operation started and
told us that he wanted to die fighting for Islam," Fareed added.
the stories of grief and loss over those injured and killed during the bloody
operation and the pain of not knowing whether his nephew was alive or dead,
Rajgul had been to the morgue at Pims twice searching for Nazar Alam who was a
Jamia Fareedia student.
Rajgul, who had come all the way from Chillas,
said, "They don't provide us proper information. The authorities send us from a
jail to a hospital. I don't even know the roads and addresses. The taxi driver
charged me Rs130 to bring me from Polyclinic to Pims," he said, adding, "Why
don't they just tell us where our children are being kept?"
the names of 20 persons who were either brought dead or expired at Pims between
July 3 and 12.
Zakirullah, 35; Amraiz, 30; Mubarak Hussain, 45; Mohammad
Rafi, 22; Ghulam Mohammad, Fayyaz, 43; Asbak Imtiaz, 18; Talib Hussain;
Salehuddin, 28; Mohammad Zubair Zeshan; Mehmmod Naveed Ahmed, Akhter, 28; and
three unidentified persons aged 25, 40 and 39.
Three charred bodies under
the age of 25 were also shifted to Pims on Thursday.
Following 23 injured
are admitted to the surgical ward IV of Pims: Haider Zaman, 35; Mohammad Saleem,
15; Abu Bakr, 21; Khudadad, 70; Sajjad Ahmad, 28; Rasheedullah, 25; Khan Wali,
25; Mohammad Tauqeer, 22; Nazakat Hussain, 19; Azizullah, 25; Mohammad Ilyas,
22; Allaudin, 24; Ibrar Shah, 25; Khalid, 20; Murad Ali, 25; Mohammad Hayat, 22;
Mohammad Imran, 20; Saifullah, 21; Shahid Iqbal, 18; Syed Asif, 40; Ibrahim, 20;
Nazmin, 22; and Saima Gul, 22.
Four injured admitted to the surgical ICU
ward are: Niamatullah, 42; Ishaq, 15; Ghulam Abbas, 37, and Israr
Raja Mohammad Munir, 45, and Bakht Mohammad, 40, are admitted to the
surgical ward II. Others are: Noor Mohammad, surgical ward III, Yasir, 15,
surgical ward VI, and Mohammad Waseem, 25, medical ICU ward.
following injured persons were discharged from the hospital after their
condition stabilised: Slama, Nargis, Aisha Bibi, Rizwana Kausar, Rashida Bibi,
Abdullah, Syed Khan, Sabir Hussain, Rizwan, Fayaz, Yasir Rana, Abdul Ghaffar,
Rashid Naseem, Mohammad Asghar, Saifur Rehman, Iftikhar, Mohammad Zulfiqar,
Basharat Mohammad Ghafoor, Dawood Jan, Muhabat, Jehangir, Israf, Baja Haram,
Nawaz, Omar Riaz, Yasir, Shaukat Waqar, Mohammad and Mohammad Sohail. Dawn