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    I recall 20th October,2009 day as the scene in Terminator movie when the girl imagines a nuclear bomb hit the country and heat coming towards her, I felt the same. I didn’t fell from my chair and was thinking what had happened, then I heard my friend shouting, stand up look at the blood.” She lifted a metal frame from me, I recall that I stood up and walked one or two steps and fell in my friend’s feet, I saw nails and broken pieces of glass on the floor, soon afterwards I heard another sound of a blast, lying on the floor helplessly I just felt that I was dying, I fainted. I opened my eyes in a taxi and saw that there was another girl lying dead in the taxi next to me. I saw my hand bleeding a lot and it was swollen, on the way to hospital we saw ambulances and media vans heading towards our university. I just felt uncomfortable and told my friend that I couldn’t breathe properly, she replied “You just have a hand injury don’t worry.” When the taxi stopped the driver told us to get out my friend stepped out and at that instant I felt I could not walk, they brought a stretcher and I was put on it, I opened my eyes in a noisy room. Doctors and nurses standing around patients while I lay quietly on the bed. After some time, the nurse came and I was put on a drip, I just felt drowsy watched the scenario I lost consciousness. When I opened my eyes I was lying on the operation theatre table with three or four doctors surrounding me, one washing my hand and I heard my broken bones making a sound, it wasn’t painful. when I regained my senses I was brought out of the OT wearing a blue uniform lying on the bed of ICU. I just came to know that I had multiple injuries, bones of my hand were broken in small pieces, I had fractured ribs, my lung had collapsed because of being hit by a pallet, my knee and leg had pallets in it, a pallet had passed through my chin into the neck and I was in a serious condition because of the lung. The doctors later told us that if we had reached the hospital five minutes late, I would have died because of the collapsed lung. If the pallets in my knee had gone a little further they would have cut my leg, and had the pellet in my neck covered some more distance it would have cut my jugular vein, everybody says that my life is a miracle – no doubt that really is. I stayed in the ICU, it was really irritating & noisy, I couldn’t even sit without a support; walking again was a dream at that time. After the operation I had a chest tube inserted in my left lung, had six stitches in my hand, ten in my knee and the other pallet in my leg is still in it because it is embedded in the bone.

    And there was a day when I recovered fully.

    People ask me how did I survive it? and I tell them that The moment you know you are dying? You would want to live, the moment your head is held head underwater? you would resist, you would fight, That’s how GOD made us. We have the built in capabilities to fight & to survive, I did and you will to. 

    It’s important for ALL of us who have survived terrorism, NOT to be called VICTIMS, because a victim means we belong to something or we are suffering, Because WE are NOT, we thriving!!

     I never questioned why me? That why was I hurt, why was I there?

     It almost killed me but it made me stronger, I firmly believe everything happens for a reason, what I learnt from it is, these things define your strength.

    I felt really disappointed by the guy from aps who wrote an open letter showing his anger towards the fact that he didn’t get any support from army or government.

    I wish I could tell him that he needed to fight his own fight. The world won’t fight for him, the world won’t give him opportunities because he stood there and wasn’t even hurt, Brave people don’t ask for opportunities they make those themselves, Millions of soldiers die in war, loose their body parts none of those end up saying Pakistan failed them.

    Happily saying Pakistan never failed me.

     Many inspiring people start their stories with a failure like I dropped out of college, I met an accident, don’t wait for something big to happen to you, Accidents don’t define our abilities, Don’t wait for an accident to change your life, don’t wait for greatness to fall upon you, you never know if you would see another day or another minute. I was like this and I still am the same person today. Do what you want to do, build your dreams, make your legacy yourself and don’t be on the death bed thinking, I could have done that. Be strong and look in the eye of your fear and be among those who dare to dare.

    I don’t want to be known because of this accident, I want to be known for something amazing I did so I started a project by name of Pakistan journal where I’ll let the world know what amazing people do we have in our country.

    We can’t let Terrorism take over!  Pakistan zindabad

     

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