Man who lost wife and 3 children in Karachi plane crash finally recovers children’s bodies
Arif Iqbal Faruqui, a devastated father of three, has finally found the bodies of his wife, two daughters and son after a painful week-long search among the wrecks of the Pakistan International Airlines flight.
Flight A320 crashed in Karachi as it approached Jinnah International Airport on May 26 with 98 people on board.
The pilot had reported technical problems and witnesses said the plane, departing Lahore, attempted to land two or three times before hitting a mobile tower and crashing into a colony.
Assistant Prime Minister Imran Khan confirmed at least two survivors in the crash, but among the dead were Arif Iqbal Faruqui’s wife and three young children.
Mr Faruqui spent the last week tracing his family members and waited to confirm their identity with a DNA test.
Mr Faruqui used Facebook to update his friends, family and followers of the crash, detailing his journey in short videos over the past week.
On the day of the accident, Mr. Faruqi said he was able to identify his wife and daughter from the jewelry, bracelets and bangles they wore.
He also confirmed that his son and granddaughter were still missing and criticized the government-approved DNA system.
In the message, he said: “I identified my wife and daughter by the jewelry, bracelets and bangles they wore.
“I just found out that the DNA and TRACE tests are totally FAULTY! If I hadn’t identified my wife and daughter … They would have handed over someone else!”
Mr Faruqui enlisted the help of Punjab’s chief forensic science Dr Khurram and his team to help identify his family, as the tests were scheduled to last 21 days.
Sharing footage of his beautiful family, he said the support of the thousands of people who commented helped him get through “this overwhelming time.”
On May 28, he said he wanted his daughter Ellie and brother Eshmael to be found so that they could rest with their mother and sister.
He said, “Ellie used to sleep with me. She was my Masha… and I was her bear.
“She must be so alone right now with her brother, they want to rest with their mother and sister.”
Finally, on May 29, a week after the accident, Mr Faruqui said he now fully understood “the meaning behind the saying that the smallest coffins are the heaviest”.
He said he found his firstborn Eshmael and daughter Ellie in the wreckage of the crash and identified them through DNA testing.
The distraught father said on Facebook: “Today I fully understand the meaning of the saying that the smallest coffins are the heaviest.
“For my firstborn Eshmael … and my Ellie.
“The APPA promised it would find you and it did. You will soon be with mom and Enaya Meri Jaans.
“I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH and I really miss you. Life has become so lonely without you.”
In a final emotional tribute posted to his Facebook account, Mr Faruqi said he was grateful for all the help he received from people he didn’t know.
He said, “I don’t know what to say to all of you, I’m so overwhelmed, so many comments and so many messages. Thanks everyone for your support.”
Condolences poured in for Mr Farqui as he thanked the thousands who followed his heart-wrenching week-long trip.
One of them said: “May Allah bless you and your family and give you strength and power to fight through this difficult time. Your immense courage and bravery is commendable. Many prayers for you . “
While a second added, “You are a brave man. I can’t even imagine how excruciating it can be to lose children and a woman like this. May all rest in peace.”