Minor Boy dies as thousands stranded at both site of Lowari
By Zahirud Din
CHITRAL: A minor boy died early on Saturday while thousands
of passengers spent the night in their vehicles at Lowari Pass area
in sub-zero temperature while waiting for their turn to pass
through the tunnel.
Officials confirmed the death of the two-year-old boy in a vehicle
stranded due to closure of the under-construction tunnel.
An official at Asherat police post told this correspondent that the
child was suffering from pneumonia and the local doctors had
referred him for treatment in Peshawar. He said that the vehicle in
which the family was carrying the child left Mirkhani checkpost at
around 11:00pm on Friday and reached the Lowari tunnel in the
morning. The distance between the two points is about 13
”The minor died at around 5:30am when the vehicle carrying him
entered the tunnel,” said the official. He said that the matter was
being investigated. The deceased child was identified as Rehanullah
of Arsoon village.
The Lowari Top has been closed due to heavy snowfall while the
under-construction tunnel has yet to be opened for routine traffic.
The management has fixed specific days for movement of vehicles
through the tunnel.
Like other passengers, Fazle Rabbi Jan, a resident of Kuju village,
also spent the Friday night in a vehicle near the tunnel. “I waited
for 38 hours in the freezing weather to pass through the tunnel,”
He said that he heard screaming and yelling of women and children
from the nearby vehicles seeking help as the cold waves of Lowari
Pass hit them amid heavy snowfall. He said that the problem arose
as a large number of vehicles gathered on either side of the tunnel
due its closure for public transport for the past six days.
Another official said that a large number of vehicles on way to
Peshawar arrived at Mirkhani and were stopped there to allow the
traffic coming from Dir side to pass. He said that by Friday
afternoon, the waiting passengers broke the barricade at Mirkhani
and left for the tunnel. “It led to the traffic congestion,” he