“There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand
that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.”
Just when I was going through my old favourity book of Quotes , I suddenly hit to this qoute and felt its meaning in the real sense. Couple of days back , me and Zuhairuddin were out with my Anni and her two beautifull daughters. We were returning home after visiting a relative , something happened that was never expected … Anni’s youngest daughter Jaziba was driving the car and we were all chatting about everything under the sun. Zuhairuddin was in Anni Nanni’s lap while me and cousin Maria , eldest of Anni’s three lovely daughters were on the back seats enjoying the drive. What happened next was not a beautiful sight but reminded me of many things.
As we reached near the Jama masjid of Yaseen Abad, we saw a mob . Everyone in the mob was giving chaotic directions to the traffic . It was an accident site. We saw two ladies sitting in the middle of the road among all men . One of them was nearly subconcious and the other one was squeezing her tightly to her chest as was trying to protect her from some danger.
Luckily, Anni’s all three daughters are trained in Paramedics so We immediately decided to pull over and help the victims. Jaziba parked the car in a corner leaving Zuhairuddin and Anni in it while the rest of the three of us rushed to the victims. We steered into the mob and made some breathing space for them . there were more who were injured. Apparantly, two adult ladies and a 12 year old girl were on a bike with their father /wife / brother-in-law when something happened . Maria handed over tissue papers to clean the girl’s face , which was bleeding. The man was also injured but was able to help. However the lady on the ground looked in a bad shape.
there was very little light and the presence of curious standees blinded us all .. I shouted loudly and asked everyone to move back and let the victim breath. To my surprise , all men moved back. simultaneously I asked them to call ambulance. I forgot my mobile in the car by chance. to my surprise, several people took out their mobiles and started asking what’s the number? “Dial 1020 or 115 ” I replied , wasnt sure myself about the second number. Somebody dialed and gave the phone to me. I told them the location .Then i freed the subconcious lady from the other and asked them to calm down as she was panicking. I asked the people , please lit your mobile flash lights if you have any to let me see if somebody is bleeding . They did as told . I was surprised again. Since the victim was breathing normally and her circulation was intact , my whole concern was to stabilize her spine. A tall strong looking man came forward and said , move her to corner. I strongly forbad him and explained everyone in a loud voice that we dont know if she has broken her neck, back or legs so best is to make a boundary wall with all the standing bikes so that traffic can run and wait for ambulance. He did as he was told. I was surprised again. Within 15 minutes of the casualty, there were two ambulances who reached to the site of accident and took the casualties away. I also helped the woman to be put on the stretcher as she was a Muhajjaba ( in Hijab and Jilbab) and i didnt want non mehrams to touch her as far as i can . I also heard someone shouting from behind, “do they have enough money?” but before anyone could answer that, the efficient ambulance service took the whole family to the hospital.
As we reached back to the car, I was speechless and my mind was chaotic. All of my first aid training for different jobs, my CPR trainings and my horrifying trauma calls in London hospitals rushed through my spine in a flash of seconds . Then, it reminded me that a doctor is a doctor and he or she cannot retire in any part of his life no matter what the circumstances are. I had decided that i cannot bear trauma sites any longer but i just went through one and it was a success. I was able to control the mob as well as the victims. it was a personal experience to me but it turned into a national experience.
Everyone stopped to help . Regardless of race, sex, color or political beliefs. They ALL respected humanity. They all gave their share to help. They all listened when somebody gave them instructions . It clearly shows that our nation still cares, still loves humans as humans , still helps for the sake of humanity , still offers help where they can and in any way they can. So Pakistan is not bad . Pakistanis arent bad. They are the best nation. They didnt wait like in UK , where they wait for the ambulance to arrive itself so that they dont have to be part of Police investigations. Our people still fear God when lives are at stake .
Its been several days since the accident and I didnt write anything. I was just , not able to push these memories and thoughts out of my mind. The more I think about it , the more i hate the corrupt politicians who convince this nation to act wrongly . We only need such an accident , a single accident to clean up all the black sheep in just one sweep . I am a Pakistani and I am proud to be one !