Friday went down as one of the saddest days in Karachi’s history as flight PIA A320, seconds away from touch down crashlanded into a populated residential area.
What was meant to be a blessed day for Muslims, turned into a day of terror as 99 passengers plummeted to their deaths moments before touchdown.
While the horrifying incident shook Pakistan to its core, two dedicated social workers who never fall short to provide help, Zafar Abbas of JDC Foundation Pakistan and Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation rushed to the crash site in minutes.
What would Pakistan do without EDHI?
Both with their entire team of volunteers reached to help with the rescue work. Something they’ve been doing in this country for years.
Both selfless individuals stayed in the area till late hours to help in any way possible and ensure that they rescue every breathing soul.
Watch what Edhi and JDC had to say while working on the crash site
Faisal Edhi and Zafar Abbas of JDC at the spot of plane crash and telling the situation#Planecrash pic.twitter.com/AACNrCkyFR
— Ahmed Shehwar (@AhmedShehwar1) May 22, 2020
According to Edhi, it will take a minimum of 2 days to complete the rescue process. He further added, “a lot of locals have been badly burnt as the fuming fires invaded their homes.”
Twitter lauds the brave heroes
Twitterati was in all praise for the dedicated souls, who were performing rescue operations despite the blazing fire and suffocation air pollution.
What a great man he is successfully continuing the legacy of his great father EDHI❤#PIAPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/plrV5kDjiA
— Dr Rao Azeem Tassawar (@doc14068) May 22, 2020
He tested positive for #COVIDー19 few days ago still he is working to recover the dead bodies salute your Courage Salute your Hard work Sir Faisal Edhi sahb you're the hero of 22 Crore Pakistanis Live Long sir #planecrash pic.twitter.com/ZtGCRJ2JTF
— WaQar Ameer Sathio (@Bolo_WaQar) May 22, 2020
Respect for these legends ❤.
Let's pay respect to these two sons of Sindh Faisal Edhi and Zafar abbas who gave their 100% to rescue the injured. pic.twitter.com/9z9A2nc2m5
— Saba Hyder (@SabaHyder1) May 22, 2020
This won my heart. Zafar Abbas Sahab and Faisal Edhi Sahab resting on a footpath. These personalities having this lifestyle give us the idea of being a true Pakistani. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2XVzn3lEBQ
— Anjum Shahzad (@AS_AbdulGhaffar) May 23, 2020
Speechless. He was fighting Covid few weeks back, and here he is.
What would Pakistan do without #Edhi. https://t.co/3AVVXCHf9V
— Sardar Adnan (@SardarARahim) May 23, 2020
Prayers for Faisal Edhi, Zafar Abbas JDC all the volunteer Heroes , rescuers, locals, civil, police and military officials who are tirelessly working to help recover those still alive , helping the injured at hospitals and shifting bodies after #PIAPlaneCrash . pic.twitter.com/qQDbsmxmBE
— سیدہ ودیعہ انور 👩🏻✈️🇵🇰♥️🇵🇰 (@SyedaWadia) May 23, 2020
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PM promises inquiry
Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed grief over the unfortunate incident.
Shocked & saddened by the PIA crash. Am in touch with PIA CEO Arshad Malik, who has left for Karachi & with the rescue & relief teams on ground as this is the priority right now. Immediate inquiry will be instituted. Prayers & condolences go to families of the deceased.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 22, 2020