One of the worst and tragic most incidents of Pakistan’s history, the Pk-661 ATR airline crash on December 7th, 2016, while on its way from Chitral to Islamabad, has caused the whole nation immense grief and pain. Pakistan’s leading aalim, Junaid Jamshed, lost his life in the fateful crash as well. Stories of the other 47 passengers are slowly unfolding; this particular story is of Haseena Gul, the girl who lost 6 members of her family in the crash.
Haseena Gul, a 14-year-old resident of Chitral, missed out on the flight due to her exams, while 6 members of her immediate family died on their way to Islamabad traveling via the PK-661. She is the only surviving heir of the family, who is currently in a huge trauma following the devastating loss of her family.
The situation has gotten out of hand for Haseena in many ways. As part of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) compensation plan for the deceased, Haseena Gul, is entitled to a combined compensation of the 6 deaths in her family, which is approximately Rs. 33 million. When an amount as big as this is involved, it is definite that other people would get interested as well.
The issue that has now surfaced in Gul’s life is the demand of her relatives for her to move in with them. However, Gul seems to be pretty ambiguous about what she should do, as she is suffering from psychological trauma and currently being treated at PIMS. The demand of her relatives to take her custody has perplexed Haseena.
Haseena does not want to move with any relative and wants to continue fulfilling her parents’ dream by acquiring the best education and continue studying. As per Dawn, Haseena says that her relatives would not let her continue her education if she agrees to stay with them. Haseena has since made an appeal to the government for further help in her case.
According to DAWN’s sources in her case, “the paternal uncle and aunt of Haseena Gul have reached Islamabad to take her back to Chitral where they want to marry her with the aunt’s son”
Danial Gilani, PIA Spokesperson, said that the all the heirs of the deceased would be compensated with Rs. 500,000. In Haseena’s case, the amount has not been paid yet because many people are currently claiming to be her relatives. PIA further said that the amount would only be paid to the ‘legal’ heirs of the deceased.
People with personal interests who are trying to take advantage of the situation in which legal heirs of the deceased such as Haseena are, need to take a step back and look at the tragedy in a broader perspective. The heartbreaking incident took 48 lives from us and the families of the affected are going through intense trauma.
Thus, honoring the dead and respecting the situation of their families should be our top priority.