In the pandemic year, when Pakistan was struggling to adopt the COVID lifestyle, the worst has happened.
According to an economic survey, around 1.5 million people lost their jobs to Coronavirus and if it continues the same, the numbers are expected to increase to 18.5 million.
However, more than the pandemic there were events that added to the sufferings of the people.
The year recorded some unforgettable incidents especially the PIA plane crash and the Lahore motorway rape incident. The sorrows these events left can never be erased from our memories.
PIA Flight 8303 – Aircraft Crash
On a routine day for Pakistan, a news came and it saddened people to the core. Pakistan International flight PK-8303 which was about to land at the Karachi airport crashed into the residential area, killing 97 people at the spot. The event was so unbearable that it kept Pakistan mourning for 3 days. Only 2 lucky passengers survived the crash and the rest never woke up. According to the investigation report, the pilot failed to follow the safe landing protocols.
Motorway Rape case
An unforgettable incident that silenced all the women of Pakistan and raises questions about their safety. A woman with her kids was on the road to Gujranwala and her car ran out of fuel on the Lahore motorway. While she was waiting for the help to arrive, two men robbed her of money and other valuables and then allegedly raped her. It’s worst to even think of this horrible incident which left the family with an irreplaceable loss and trauma.
Marwah Rape Case
A 5-year-old, innocent Marwah who left home to buy biscuits from a nearby shop and never came back. Later, her body was found inside a bag in a small town of Karachi, Essa Nagri. Sources reported that, two men abducted the girl, allegedly raped her, and throw her body into the bushes. This is the worst of humanity which hadn’t even left a child. The case left the parents in woe for the rest of their lives.
Rain in Karachi is an excitement for its people as they get this blessing after a lot of prayers. But the 2020 Monsoon turned out to be a disaster for the city of lights as people were left with no shelter after it. This year Karachi received the heaviest rain for the first time in history. Continued for seven days, the rain broke its 90 years record and leave the people on roads to suffer. This time, the rain was a question to the city’s infrastructure, flood protection measures, and the government of Pakistan as the entire city was flooding with the water.
Peshawar Bomb Blast in Religious School (Madressah)
On 27th October, 60 students were grouped to study the Holy Quran in a Madressah named Jamia Zuberi in Peshawar but got attacked by a bomb blast. Seven people were killed on the spot including two teachers while 50 were injured. The blast was a heinous terrorist activity which shocked and saddened the family of the victims. While Peshawar is still recovering from the unforgettable APS attack on the school, this adds more to their sorrows. Pakistan should protect its young generation from these kinds of shameful acts.
Mosque Bombing in Quetta
At the start of the year when Pakistan was at peace, the news of the mosque blast in Quetta disturbed the country. It happened on 10th January during Friday evening prayers when the worshipers were coming out of the mosque. Someone left a bag with explosive materials near the motorcycle and it blasted leaving 20 injured behind. Indeed, a cowardly act by the terrorists.
Pakistan Stock Exchange Attack
On 29th June, the most important business hub of Karachi, Pakistan Stock Exchange building was attacked by the terrorist. Fortunately, the guards saved the chaos and stopped the gunmen right at the gate. The attackers came with grenades and the intention to create a hostage situation in the building. But the brave guards of the building fought back killing all four attackers. Unfortunately, two guards and a policeman lost their lives while resisting the attackers. Later, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) militants took responsibility for this failed attack. If this had happened, it would have been a historical black day for Pakistan as the building carried the major operations of the metropolitan city Karachi.
We hope 2021 to be better than this.