KARACHI: Moving scenes were witnessed at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, where about 65 wounded men, women and children were brought after the twin bomb blasts at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi on Thursday. Five wounded people were reportedly shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi.
The shrine was thronged by devotees as it was a Thursday evening. The wounded men, women and children were shifted to hospital by the rescue organisations and police.
Among the wounded there were seven children who were accompanying their elders who had come to pray at the shrine.
A police mobile and a patrol car parked outside the shrine first reached the hospital with victims and followed by many ambulances.
A three to five year old child was lying on the chest of his wounded father who was being shifted on a stretcher to the Accidents and Emergency Department of the Jinnah hospital.
The child was firmly holding his father’s hand while the man was apparently in an unconscious state.
All the paramedics and doctors were called in immediately at the Accidents and Emergency Department of the hospital and they managed and treated the victims.
Chaotic scenes were witnessed inside the ward when relatives came in searching for their loved ones.
The incharge of the Accidents and Emergency Department of the JPMC, Dr Seemin Jamali, told Dawn that over 65 wounded were being treated at the ward.
“Most of the patients have suffered shrapnel injuries in the upper portion of their bodies, including the head, the chest and the torso,” Dr Jamali told media.
The doctors and paramedics were working under a visible pressure and fear because on a previous occasion when a bomb blast occurred on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) another blast had ripped through the outside of the emergency ward of the hospital.
On the Thursday’ blasts at the shrine, several injured people also suffered burn injuries.
One of the victims was brought to the hospital with his cloths burnt.
A security guard, 50-year-old Daim Ali, suffered shrapnel wounds at his right shoulder.
He told Dawn at the Accidents and Emergency Ward of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre that he along with fourteen others security guards were performing their duties at the shrine.
A woman security guard was also posted at the main entrance of the gate, he said.
“I was doing my duty at the close to the upper entrance of the Shrine when the first blast took place near the outer main gate of the shrine,” he said.
“As people were still in shock the second blast occurred at the stairs. I was injured in the second blast and was shifted to the hospital,” Ali said.
Nineteen year old Nadir under treatment at the hospital bed was in agony and tears were rolling down from his eyes.
He said that he was on the stairs when the blast took place.
Nadir lives in Akhtar Colony and had come to the shrine for prayers as it was Thursday night.
Five year old Zeeshah was lying on the hospital bed and drip was being administered to him.
The young boy had suffered an injury in his left hand and even after the bandage blood was oozing out of his wound.
The boy was in trauma and being consoled by his elder brother.
Both the brothers had come to the shrine from Korangi along with their father.
They don’t know where their father was, who got lost in the mayhem and confusion following the twin blasts.
A sense of confusion and despair was witnessed at the Emergency Ward as several relatives searching for their loved ones didn’t get any help from the information desk.
They had to physically search for their relatives among the wounded lined up in the ward.
Since the Accidents and Emergency Ward of the JPMC had been relocated to a new location there was a better space available outside the ward with less chaotic situation.
SSP Investigation (South) Athar Rasheed Butt told Dawn that there were six dead bodies, including that of two children.
He said that two human heads of ages between 14 to 17 years had been recovered from the scene of the blasts and were shifted to JPMC mortuary.
Similarly, four legs had also been recovered from the scene and were moved to the mortuary, the SSP added.