'My classroom shook violently'
Lahore, March 12, 2008: The massive bomb blasts that rocked the city early on Tuesday morning
left many in a state of shock. Panic-stricken parents rushed to their children's
schools, situated near the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) building and at
The residents evacuated their houses, fearing that the
buildings would collapse due to the bombs' powerful shockwaves.
Ganga Ram Hospital Emergency Ward: Many students of Sacred Heart Cathedral High
School and Saint Anthony's High School, situated opposite the FIA building, were
injured when the shattered windowpanes struck them in their classrooms. More
than 25 students were brought to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital's Emergency Ward
nearby, where they received immediate medical aid.
Zohaib, a student of
class 5, was injured when the shattered windowpanes fell on his head. Weeping
incessantly, the boy said that he was in class when the blast
shattered the windowpanes and injured several students. He said, "Our teacher
immediately brought us here, to the hospital. I want to go home to my
Muhammad Mubashir (5), a student of nursery, was rushed to the
hospital when a piece of glass cut his wrist. He said that he was
playing in the ground with his classmates when he heard the blast and saw smoke
coming out of a building. He said his teacher rushed the students indoors, but
on his way to the shed, a piece of glass fell on his wrist and it started
bleeding. In shock, the child kept crying for his parents.
Atif (18) was
seen running from one ward to the other. He said his mother had told him that
she had received a call from the school that his brother, a student of class 6,
had been injured and was in the Ganga Ram Hospital. He said, "I still cannot
find my brother in this crowd."
Saima, mother of 12-year-old Daniyal, was
leaving the hospital with her son after he had received medical aid. "I don't
know if I will be able to send my children to school again," she said. Daily Times
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