PAKISTAN AIR CRASH LEAVES DEVASTATING STORIES OF DEAD
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, July 29: A newly-wed couple on honeymoon, six bright members of a youth parliament and a couple flying to the capital to attend a funeral were among the 152 people killed in Pakistan's worst aviation accident.
Ayesha and Asif, who were flying to Islamabad for their honeymoon, were killed five days after their wedding. They were among the 146 passengers of the ill-fated Airblue flight that slammed into the thickly forested Margalla Hills outside Islamabad yesterday.
"We are all traumatised. They got married only last Friday and were going on their honeymoon. Our house, which till yesterday was echoing with laughter, is now reverberating with shrieks and cries," Sadia, Ayesha's cousin, told a newspaper.
A rescue worker informed Ayesha's father about her death from her cell phone at the crash site.
Another couple, Aisha and Muhammad, were on the flight from Karachi to Islamabad to attend a funeral. "What will I tell their children now," cried Aisha's brother Akhtar. The couple had left their children with him.
Six young men and women, part of the Youth Parliament of Pakistan, were travelling to the national capital to attend a session. They were identified as Hassan Javed Khan, Syeda Rabab Zehra Naqvi, Prem Chand, Bilal Jamaee, Owais bin Laiq and Syed Arsalan Ahmad.
Syed Shan-e-Hussain Naqvi, a Youth Parliament member who did not board the flight, was in a state of shock. "My parents did not even know that I had not taken the flight because I spent the night at my friend's house. When I called to tell my parents that I didn't go, they could not believe it. My mother just couldn't stop crying," Naqvi said.
Naqvi lost a co-parliamentarian and cousin Rabab in the crash. "I was so shocked. Rabab's father called me up and started crying," he said. Naqvi said his cousin was one of the best delegates in the youth parliament and an all-rounder.
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