Sorrow and grief reigned supreme in Chitral due to the loss of
twenty persons from Chitral in the plane crash
CHITRAL: Sorrow and grief reigned supreme in Chitral on
Thursday which manifested itself from every face due to the loss of
twenty persons from Chitral in the plane crash of which also
claimed the life of the deputy commissioner Osama Ahmed Warraich
who happened to be one of the most popular occupants of the post in
All the educational institutions, government and semi-government
offices and shops remained closed and the people thronged to the
houses of the victims of the first major air crash of Chitral.
Quran khawani were held for the departed souls in a number of
mosques and deeni madressahs while namaz-e-janaza in absentia (ghaibana)
was held for Osama Ahmed Warraich.
The plane crash has deprived Hasina, a student of 8th class, of her
entire family members including father Mirza Gul, mother Gul Huran,
elder sister Zahida Parveen, younger sister Karina and two younger
brothers Hassan Ali and Farhan Ali (infant).
The family was going to Lahore to condole the death of a relative
and Hasina was left behind as her school vacations were scheduled
for 23rd December and she was to join the family afterwards.
Subhanud Din, a neighbour of Hasina, told Chitral Times that
she was watching TV news channel which broke the news to her and
she lost her consciousness for a couple of days.
He said that she was taken to Islamabad on Thursday for taken
sample from her body to carry out DNA test to establish the
identity of her family members.
The story of Ayesha Usman of Drosh village is equally a touching
one who kept her husband waiting for her in Islamabad who had never
met each other as their nikah had been solemnized in telephone two
weeks ago and she was schedule to fly to England with her spouse
where he was settled.
After obtaining M.Phil in chemistry from Quaid-e-Azam University
Islamabad last year and she was too fond to study further in
England and earn a degree of doctorate in the subject but the plane
crash made it a wish never to be fulfilled.
Two real sisters Farrah Naz and Rani Mehreen from Drosh village
were also traveling in the flight who were married in Punjab and
were being waited by their husbands in Islamabad airport for their
Shahzada Farhad Aziz was traveling along with his only daughter
Tayyaba Aziz to Islamabad was in the prime of his youth and was a
celebrated paraglider who introduced it in the district a decade
The royal fort of Chitral has never seen such a large scale
mourning in its history which depicted his popularity among the
common who hold in highest of esteem due to personal acumen.
Salman Zainul Abidin had joined Hashoo Foundation in Chitral as its
regional program manager just a week ago and was going to Islamabad
to attend a meeting while he had lost his elder brother Imran in a
bomb blast in Mengora Swat in 1987.
Takbeer Khan, the father of ten sons and a business magnate in
Chitral was going to Islamabad to attend the graduation ceremony (dastaar
bandi) of one of his sons who had just graduated from a deeni
The tragic death of Osama Ahmed Warraich, was the talk of the town
and the people were found to deeply shocked by the incident as he
had emerged to too popular among the people since his posting in
He had taken a number of bold steps including anti-encroachment
drive throughout the district which his predecessor never dared to
think of while establishment of the first public park had also
popularized him among the people.