Pakistan

A Story of a Father Who Lost his Daughter in a Tragic Terror Attack on the Troubled Tall-Parachinar Road

As Najaf Ali, 70, began sharing the series of events, the genuine emotion in his voice brought the tragedy to life. Deep sorrow and grief, he carries, clearly shows that his journey on the Tall-Parachinar Road had been filled with unimaginable pain.

His journey began along with his daughter Ruqqaya and a son as the passenger vehicles gathered at Balishkhel Check Point. However, concerns were raised as unease grew due to the absence of on-duty officers at Balishkhel and Sadda checkposts.
"In the car, I saw no security measures on the road, making me increasingly worrisome" he recalled. The lack of a visible security presence heightened their concerns as they pressed on with their journey.

Sadda checkpoint at 6:45 in the morning, he discovered that there were no police or security personals available on duty which is very much unlikely. A merciless barrage of gunfire pointed directly at their vehicle abruptly broke the unusual silence. Tragically, the driver and the passenger in the front seat fell victim to this senseless act of violence. Ruqqaya, a nurse with a strong healthcare background, showed remarkable bravery as she pleaded with her father, "Please hide under the seat." Those were her last words before she fell silent. 

He realised that his hands were unresponsive and coated with blood that had spread throughout his cell phone when he had tried to contact him for assistance. The attackers, unperturbed, shifted their focus to a mini-bus, subjecting it to a barrage of bullets. After a considerable wait, the authorities eventually arrived. They inquired about whether anyone was alive and offered to contact emergency services if necessary.
Feeling a mix of fear and uncertainty, he chose to stay silent as the police arrived, unsure of their true intentions. Eventually, the police discovered that he was alive and arranged for an ambulance. However, the vehicle lacked the necessary facilities, leaving them with a crude drop-off at a local health center.

Tragically, he shared another alarming detail: following the gunfire directed at the minibus, the militants returned to their cars and resumed firing. Their acts, which were well-planned and executed, heighten the tragedy in this tragic story.

Inside the health center, there was a familiar face—a doctor who was known to him. In desperate need of proper medical attention, he pleaded to be transported to Peshawar. Responding to his request, the doctor administered a titinas injection. Subsequently, the District Police Officer (DPO) took charge and organized an ambulance for the challenging journey that lay ahead.

The journey, lasting a painful five to six hours, was characterized by a lack of essential medical facilities and pain relief. Despite enduring this hardship with broken hands and bullets lodged in his pelvic bone, Ruqqaya's father couldn't help but question the apparent lapses in security.

As the situation gets increasingly dire, the inadequacy of the security measures becomes more apparent. Both the lack of policemen at checkpoints and the delay in providing assistance raise concerns about the efficiency of the security measures.

His message and prayer, which came from the depths of his heart, resounded as a fervent appeal for peace and security to encompass the region. He wished for a flourishing future in which children might grow up without the threat of assault.

As he discussed Ruqqaya, her aspirations, and her unwavering commitment to healthcare, it became evident that her legacy would be remembered as a testament to strength, courage, and the pressing necessity of rethinking security measures on the dangerous Tall-Parachinar Road. The grief in his voice resonated with the call for justice, transparency, and a more secure future.
 

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