As most of you will have heard by now, there has been yet another bomb blast in Pakistan. This time the bomb was placed in a car near the police and intelligence agency offices on Lahore’s Fatima Jinnah Road. So far more than 50 people have been pronounced dead and at least 100 have been wounded.
A few of my cousins were at Lahore American School at the time of the explosion and have told how the force of the explosion caused the windows to shatter and of the dense clouds of smoke that hung in the air over the city. They were immediately evacuated and asked to go home.
To some of us, this may just be another “blast” in the country, but not to those who witnessed the explosion firsthand. My cousin, a doctor in the Army, was on duty at the time of the explosion and I have exchanged a few messages with her today. Not only did she hear the explosion, but she had to treat a lot of the victims as they were rushed in ambulances to hospitals. At first, she was shaken, traumatized, and extremely emotional but remembering her duty, she pulled herself together and took charge of the patients. She said that the victims were crying in pain & agony and their body parts were all over the ambulance. The majority of the victims that she dealt with were army officers and it was very difficult for her to see them lying there helpless in their uniforms. Many had very severe injuries including to the eyes and deep wounds and lacerations all over their bodies.
In the face of all this, she was also very proud of her follow colleagues in the Pakistani Army & Hospitals who come together so strong during a crisis like this. Her last message to me was simply “Please pray for Pakistan as that is the most precious thing we can do for our country. Pakistan Zindabad”.
(Picture has been taken from Bloomberg)