The body of one of the Rangers personnel, who lost his life when a truck of the paramilitary force came under a bomb attack on Wednesday night, being kept at the mortuary of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.—Online

KARACHI: Unlike the usual chaotic scenes of frantic family members eagerly waiting for word about their wounded relatives or running around looking for them among the dead after a blast or any other incident involving several victims, the atmosphere at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre’s emergency, where eight Pakistan Rangers personnel were brought after the attack, was rather calm on Wednesday evening.

There were no family members of the wounded or dead men around as almost all of them hailed from Punjab or some other city in Sindh. Their colleagues, some in plain clothes, stood aside with solemn expressions.

Almost half an hour after six men were rushed to the JPMC, two more ambulances brought in two other victims. “There was so much traffic on the way here that some of the ambulances were slowed down,” said a Rangers hawaldar, who refused to disclose his name.

About what happened, he said that the wounded were in a better position to answer that question. He had himself only rushed to the spot after hearing a huge explosion at the company headquarters’ gate. “The ill-fated Pakistan Rangers vehicle, a Hino, was returning with the men after duty. We were also returning from our duty at another spot in our pickup truck but were a little behind the one which was attacked,” he said while standing outside the emergency with his pickup.

“We are aware of the threats and are well prepared, usually wearing our helmets and vests at all times. But this time the men were returning from duty and had geared down and relaxed as they reached the barrier before the headquarters gates, where the unfortunate incident occurred,” he said.

Another soldier, also standing by the same vehicle, recognised the two men brought in later as Hayat Baloch, their gatekeeper or sentry, and Naik Saheb Khan, the attacked vehicle’s driver. “They are not that badly injured and have been brought in for checkups as besides the minor injuries they are also complaining of having lost their hearing after the blast,” he said after speaking to them.

Meanwhile, the director of the emergency section at the JPMC, Dr Seemin Jamali, told the media that they had initially received six Rangers men, three of them had died before reaching hospital and had been shifted to the mortuary. “Three others are in surgery. One of them is in a critical condition,” she said. “The men who have expired are listed as Hawaldar Amanat, Sipahi Irfan Jamil and Sipahi Saifullah.”

But some 10 minutes later hospital sources said the man listed as critical, Abdul Majid, also died during surgery.

Another tall Rangers man at the hospital said that he knew some of the men well. “Hawaldar Amanat is from Sialkot, Sipahi Irfan from Chakwal and Sipahi Saifullah hails from Rahim Yar Khan. Hawaldar Amanat was one of our senior most colleagues with 32 years of service with the Pakistan Rangers,” he said. “His children are all grown up and one of his sons has also joined Rangers service. He is with Wing 44. As for the families of the others, God knows if they even know what has befallen their sole breadwinners,” he said with a lump in his throat.

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Comments (16) Closed

Apr 04, 2013 03:06am
May there soul rest in peace and this should not dent rangers spirit.Hoping they would continue the operations across Karachi and rid this city of the menace plaguing it ..
Adil Jadoon
Apr 04, 2013 03:20am
A sad day for the country. Lives of poor soldiers are not worth the attention of our corrupt and despicable leaders.
Apr 04, 2013 04:58am
May Allah give peace and courage to their families to this un bearable loss of loved ones. Please take care and be more vigilant as enemy is within lines.
Apr 04, 2013 06:12am
RIP, may Allah give courage to the family members to bear the loss.
Apr 04, 2013 06:45am
Time to recruit from local city. These brave paks gave their life for the public. Mafias and Taliban should be dealt with by unseen black justice.
Apr 04, 2013 07:20am
Lost human lives and families remaining without father to take care for their childern. A big part of law and order forces should be local - both in the interest for locals and the security people.
Apr 04, 2013 07:23am
May Allah bless the departed souls and give health to those injured.
Apr 04, 2013 08:11am
Rest in Peace, Ameen
Left is Right
Apr 04, 2013 10:40am
They are our frontline to a growing menace. Their families should be given full compensation and Karachites should support them.
Apr 04, 2013 12:18pm
Thank you to those who have fallen and all others who work to keep us and our children safe.
Adnan Khan
Apr 04, 2013 02:59pm
May your souls be rest in peace, Ameen. You are the true heroes who paid the ultimate price.
Apr 04, 2013 03:45pm
This is the reason that Taliban and their local supporters in Karachi should be mercilessly hunted down and dispatched, even through extra-judicial means if necessary. Anytime the Taliban claim an attack in Karachi, the areas known to be frequented by the Taliban should be raided. Preemptive raids should be conducted regularly against the masajids and madrassas frequented by these people to keep the pressure on them and keep them from attaining the space and time required for planning such attacks.
Apr 04, 2013 04:46pm
We are with you Rangers. We are with you.
Apr 04, 2013 04:59pm
May allah grant them a place in Jannat. These are the brave people of Pakistan who put their lives in harms way daily for our own security. Their families should be fully compensated.
Apr 04, 2013 06:59pm
brave men, who died for their nation. Its time our leaders recognised their sacrifice better and moved against those who challenge the writ of the state. the killers must be hunted to the end of the earth.
Apr 05, 2013 07:18am
Be honest ,instead blaming politician blame religion