ISLAMABAD, March 31: On Sunday, a 35-year-old man, trapped in a stalled elevator for an hour, died from suffocation. The death comes as a reminder that loadshedding can, at times, be deadly.

Shalimar police report that Muhammad Imran, who lived with three others in a rented house in Mehrabadi, came to Al-Mustafa Towers, in F-10, to deliver goods to a resident.

He was on his way back down in the elevator when a power cut brought the elevator to a halt.

“When power was restored, an hour later, we got the elevator open,” a police officer said, “but by that time, Imran had died”.

A postmortem at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed suffocation as the cause of death.

Muhammad Imran's body has been returned to his family in their village near Chiniot. — A Reporter

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