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January 24, 2010
Brother identifies head of Ashura blast victim
KARACHI: Ghulam Hussain may have
received a sense of closure when on Friday he identified the mutilated head of
his brother, missing since the Dec 28, 2009 Ashura carnage, but he dreaded
having to break the heart-rending news to his sister-in-law, nephews and nieces
back in Sargodha.
The head of the victim, who was
killed along with many other participants of the main Ashura procession in a
bomb blast last month, was found on Jan 20 near a bakery on M.A. Jinnah Road.
Comforted by two brothers-in-law
as he hobbled out of the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth after identifying the head,
Hussain said he had finally found out the fate of his missing brother Ejaz
What lay ahead of him was the
sorrowful task of sharing the news with Ejaz’s widow, three daughters and two
sons back home in Shahpur tehseel of Sargodha district, he said.
He added that his brother was
the only breadwinner of his family.
“Today, I came to know what I
already kind of knew in my heart of hearts, but the family back home will have a
hard time coming to terms with this tragedy. They only know that Ejaz is here to
make a meagre living for the family as a labourer at the Karachi Fish Harbour.”
Thirty-eight-year-old Ejaz Ahmed
was one of the four persons who were missing since the Ashura procession
tragedy. The victim’s head was found near Lighthouse more than 20 days after the
Though the police with the
assistance of the victim’s friends were close to having traced his identity, the
remains were shifted to the Edhi morgue after a postmortem examination at the
Civil Hospital Karachi for a confirmation by a relative. Accordingly, his elder
brother Ghulam Hussain, a resident of Shahpur, was requested to visit the city.
The incident also came as a rude
shock to the families of three other people missing since the tragedy, who were
relying on the police claim that the affected area had been cleared after a
thorough search and the investigators found no more signs of human remains in
Though the police claimed to
have almost traced the links to three other missing persons, the investigators
left several questions unanswered – the screening of the area after the tragedy,
gathering of forensic evidence and police’s honesty about having made efforts to
trace the persons missing after the blast.
“Since it’s a congested area
search of every corner and space is a complicated task, yet this is being
ascertained as to how a body part remained undetected despite screening of the
affected area,” said Inspector Amjad Kalhiaar of the Special Investigation Unit,
which had been assigned the investigation into the tragedy.
“We have collected samples of
the family members of the missing people for DNA tests to match them with
unidentified body parts. We are in very close contact with the families of the
missing persons and close to ascertaining their fate.”
But such claims appeared
particularly hollow because Hussain received no official help following the
identification of his elder brother.
“We will now take his body parts
to bury them in our ancestral town. That’s all we have to satisfy ourselves and
Ejaz’s children,” he said. “I can only pray for the families of the other
missing persons as we can feel their pain.”
Courtesy : Daily Dawn (Saturday,
Jan 23, 2010 )