Tragedy Strikes Eid Celebrations in Pakistan: 15 Drown in Boat Capsize

Authorities reported that more than 70 individuals had embarked on the pilgrimage from Makli's Qasim Jokhio village. The driver of the bus, Karim Baksh, who also suffered injuries, has been taken into custody for questioning.

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Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations across Pakistan took a somber turn on Wednesday as tragedy struck in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According to officials on Thursday, 15 people lost their lives when their boat capsized in the Indus River. The incident occurred in the Kund Park region of Nowshera district during the festive Eid gatherings.

Rescue efforts managed to save 11 individuals, but the search for the missing three is ongoing. Rescue teams from Nowshera, Swabi, and Mardan are actively participating in the search operation to locate the missing persons.

The news of the tragic boat capsize prompted expressions of grief from KP Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur and Governor Ghulam Ali. This unfortunate event coincided with another fatal accident on the same day, where a bus carrying pilgrims plunged into a ravine near the border of Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces. In that incident, 17 people lost their lives, and over 30 others sustained injuries.

The pilgrims were en route to the remote Muslim Sufi shrine Shah Noorani in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan when the bus met with the tragic accident in the Hub town. Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi attributed the cause of the accident to the driver’s loss of control at a sharp bend in the road. All the passengers hailed from Thatta town in the Sindh province.

Authorities reported that more than 70 individuals had embarked on the pilgrimage from Makli’s Qasim Jokhio village. The driver of the bus, Karim Baksh, who also suffered injuries, has been taken into custody for questioning.

The tragic incidents occurred against the backdrop of heightened security measures across Pakistan for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday. With over 100,000 police and paramilitary forces deployed at mosques and marketplaces, the country aimed to ensure the safety of citizens during the festive period. Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day holiday marking the end of Ramadan, holds immense significance in the Islamic calendar.

Despite security efforts, Pakistan continues to grapple with militant attacks, primarily orchestrated by groups like the Pakistani Taliban and separatists operating from Baluchistan province. The deployment of over 52,000 police officers at mosques underscores the ongoing challenges in maintaining security and preventing such tragic events during festive occasions.

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