We express huge shock and sorrow at this national tragedy. The loss of 6 Youth Parliament
Members, full of promise, potential and vigour, is too huge to be expressed in
words. We stand together with Youth Parliament members and the families of our
fallen heroes, the martyrs of democracy, in this time of grief. Senator S. M. Zafar, Chairman Youth
Parliament Steering Committee; Mr. Faisal Karim Kundi, MNA; Patron Youth Parliament and Mr. Wazir Ahmad Jogezai,
Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee/Speaker Youth Parliament Pakistan.
Death, be not proud:
Death, be not proud, though some have called
thee; Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so; For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow;
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.; From rest and sleep, which
but thy pictures be,; Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate
men, And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell, And poppy'or charms can
make us sleep as well; And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then? One short
sleep past, we wake eternally,And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.-- John Donne
Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, MNA; Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee
This is devastating. I'm at a
complete loss for words. My heart and prayers go out to the parents, family and
friends left behind to mourn the loss of their bright stars.
Dr. Donya Aziz, MNA; Member Youth Parliament Steering Committee
Alas! indeed such a huge loss of
precious lives. Absolutely aggreived and devastated by this unfortunate
tragedy. Sharing the grief with all those who lost their loved ones. May Allah
SWT grants sabar to all.
Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, MNA; Member Youth Parliament
This is most shocking and utterly painful.
I stand together in the grief of parents and families and members and
secretariat of Youth Parliament and PILDAT in this time of national tragedy.
Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami, Editor-in-Chief Daily Pakistan;
Member PILDAT Board of Advisors
I condole with PILDAT, with Youth
Parliament and the families of the 6 lost lives.
Mr. Jameel Bajwa, Member PILDAT Board of Directors
It is a huge loss for the entire
country. This is a shocking national tragedy. I share the grief of PILDAT and
Senator Saleem Saifullah, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and
Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan
It was deeply shocking and saddening for me to learn
that amongst those who perished in the air crash on
28th July were 6 fine young Pakistanis who were members of the Youth
Parliament. I recalled the inter-action with them at Margalla Hotel in
Islamabad a few weeks ago. They came across as energetic, vibrant, intelligent
women and men genuinely concerned about the present and the future of our
country and keen to contribute to its betterment. Do convey my sincere and
heart-felt condolences to the families of all 6 members who have lost their
lives in the cause of public service and their belief in democracy, as they
were travelling to Islamabad for that very purpose. All of us have lost 6
priceless treasures. May Allah rest their souls in eternal peace and give
strength to all members of their families to bear these tragedies with
Mr. Javed Jabbar, former Senator and Federal
Minister for Information and Media Development
It was heart-breaking to hear the
news about the airline and the passing away of 152 individuals, including the 6
members of Youth Parliament.
Mr. Basil Nabi Malik, Youth Prime Minister, 2007
I am very sorry to learn about
the tragedy. May Allah grant their dear and near ones patience and fortitude to
bear the loss.
Lt. Gen (Retd.) Asad Durrani, Former Director General ISI & MI
It is indeed a saddening reality to know about the unfortunate
demise of so many people in today's plan crash including six members of the Youth Parliament. Let
us all pray for all the departed souls in our individual capacity and specially
for the Members of Youth Parliament. May their soul rest in eternal peace and
may Allah give them elevated place in heaven.
Mr. Ommar Hayat Abbasi, Member, Youth Parliament 2007 Batch
I personally express my deepest
condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you all and especially with the
families of the deceased.
Ms. Sue Snowdon, British High Commission Islamabad
My heart felt condolences on the
tragic death of the members of youth parliamentarians.
Mr. Ishaq Khan Khakwani, former MNA and Minister of State
Very sad to know the members were also part of it.
In fact TV images of them the whole day kept traumatising us. It is a very torturous situation for the
country right now; crash, terror suicide bombings and floods. God help us and
rest the souls of the departed in Peace.
Mr. Imtiaz Gul, Analyst
I was deeply saddened to hear about the unfortunate plane crash yesterday which
caused loss of precious lives including six of your brilliant MYPs. Please
accept and extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of departed MYPs. I
know you all must be going through a difficult time as this is something most
unfortunate that has happened in the history of PILDAT. May Allah give you as
an institution and the bereaved families the courage to recover from this
irreversible loss. All my sympathy is with you in this time of shock and
Mr. Babar Iqbal Baig, Institute for War & Peace
My deepest sympathies for the loss of such promising young leaders.
Dr. Ken Coghill, Co-Director, Parliamentary Studies Unit,
It is very shocking and painful
to learn about the sad and untimely death of 6 Members of Youth Parliament
including the Youth Parliament. Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Anchor Person, Geo TV
Please accept sincerest condolences from me and the
Gallup Pakistan colleagues on the extremely tragic
incident in which we lost young and talented members of the Youth Parliament,
'Inna liAllah hi wa inna aliyhay Rajioun'. Kindly
convey our condolences to their families as well. While the entire accident
brought sadness and grief the tragedy of this young talent enhanced the feeling
of loss suffered not only by their families but the Nation at large. May Allah
have His mercy on an all of us.
Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman Gallup, Pakistan;
Member PILDAT Board of Advisors
We were all very shocked and extremely sad to hear about the awful air-crash
yesterday and the tragedy of the 152 people who lost their lives. Our hearts go
out to their loved ones and friends. It will have been devastating for you in
PILDAT with the loss of the six dedicated Members of the Youth
Parliament. We share your grief for of course we had been so pleased to
welcome Bilal Jamaee to Westminster on 7 July as part of the PILDAT
party. I should be most grateful if you would send deep condolences from all
members of CPA UK Parliamentarians and staff, to the families of the lost
Youth Parliamentarians, to their colleagues in the Youth Parliament and to
PILDAT staff who will have worked so closely with them.
Mr. Andrew Tuggey, Secretary Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association UK Branch
Please accept my sincere personal
condolences for the tragic loss of members of the Youth Parliament. My thoughts are
with you and their families at this difficult time.
Ms. Caroline Clennell-Jaine, Head of Pakistan Communications & Outreach Team, South Asia
Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Our hearts go out to all the families. Cannot fathom the depth of their sorrow.
Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Marri, Member Youth Parliament 2007
I would like to convey my deepest condolences to you and PILDAT on the tragic
loss of life in the air crash. It was with great sadness to learn that those
among them were 6 Youth Parliamentarians - young ambitious future leaders. My
thoughts are prayers are with their families.
Ms. Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament, House of Commons, UK
It is extremely painful to hear of the crash and the loss of 6 Members of Youth
Parliament. I stand together with PILDAT and the Youth Parliament in this time
of deepest sorrow.
Ms. Khadija Malik Hassan, Member Youth Parliament 2007 Batch
Our immense grief and our prayers are with you and those who have left us. They
will be remembered as the leaders that they were.
Ms. Amna Jatoi, British High Commission, Islamabad
It was a very sad incident and to me, a national
tragedy. Please convey my heartiest condolence to the families of departed
souls. May Allah bless these souls in eternal peace and grant their families,
the strength, to bear this irreparable loss.
Syed Hassan Abbas, British High Commission, Islamabad
I want to extend my heartfelt condolence for the sad demise of the six young
members of the Youth Parliament. May God rest their souls in peace and enable
their families, friends and colleagues of Youth Parliament bear this
irreparable loss. The unlucky flight and we flew together from Karachi (I was
in PK 300) at 7:30 am and shared same airspace in Islamabad and were denied
landing too due to bad weather. Our pilot was prudent he diverted the flight to
Lahore and we heard the news of sad crash there. Though we were lucky, I still
recall all passengers boarding the unlucky flight next to our boarding gate. I
also recall the faces of the three members of the Youth Parliament who were
sitting on the same row of chairs. In grief with you.
Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Centre for Civic Education, Pakistan
It is a sad moment for the entire nation for the
loss of so many lives in yesterdays Air blue plane crash. Im extremely grieved
to learn about the sad demise of six youth parliamentarians. May Allah bless
their souls. While I offer my condolences I feel that no words can repair the loss of
their families and friends. I pray to Allah to grant them patience and allay the anguish of their
bereavement and leave them with loving memories of their loved ones. Please
convey my condolences to their families and the team of PILDAT as I can
understand how closely everyone must have been working with those young
Ms. Ayla Majid, KMR Financial Accountants
I still cannot believe what happened yesterday. For some reason,
it feels like a personal loss even though I didn't meet or know any of the MYPs. They deserve a
Ms. Aatika Nagrah, Member Youth Parliament 2007
I just heard of the crash and am
so sorry for the loss. Our prayers are with you and the families of the
victims. We hope that the work of the Youth Parliament and PILDAT will continue
with as much if not more vigour. It is very unfortunate that young and
brilliant people perished, but their work is truly admirable.
Ms. Mariam Chauhan, McGill University, Canada
I was distressed to learn this morning of the death of 6
Youth Parliament members who were aboard the air flight which crashed today outside of Islamabad.
This is a sad day for the country but for PILDAT particularly. You must have know
them well. My condolences to you, PILDAT and the families of these young people
whose lives ended too soon.
Ms. Mavis Mains, Senior Development Officer Pakistan and
Central Asia Program Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa
With great sadness I have learned about the tragic
death of six members of Pakistans Youth Parliament in the plane crash of this
morning in Islamabad. I would like to express my heartfelt sorrows and extend
my deep condolences to you, PILDAT team and family and friends of the deceased.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Mr. Barmak Pazhwak, Senior Program Officer (Afghanistan and Pakistan),
United States Institute of Peace
It came to
me as a complete shock to hear about the plane crash and death of the 6 members
of the Youth Parliament. I wish to express my deep sorrow to the aggrieved
families, the members of the Youth Parliament and the steering committee on
this great loss. I pray that may their souls rest in peace and Allah give their
families and friends the strength to pass through such difficult time.
Ms. Kashmala Khan Durrani, Member Youth Parliament 2008-2009 Batch
I am so very sorry to hear about the
Young Parliamentarians. Please pass my very best wishes to their families.
Ms. Ailsa Latham, Second Secretary Political, British High Commission Islamabad
Please accept our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of Youth Parliament members.
Our thoughts and prays are with you and their families.
Ms. Khadijha Khan, British High Commission, Islamabad
It was a shock this morning
to read about the death of the six youth parliamentarians among the 159
passengers of the unfortunate plane. I never really knew these people who
passed away but have been reading about them in the newsletters that I find in
my inbox during each session. Please accept my condolence and pass them on to
other members of the Youth Parliament and their families. I will pray for their
Ms. Maria Ishaq, Member Youth Parliament 2008-2009
It is with great sadness that we
learned of the tragic loss of life in the air crash in the Margalla Hills, and
particularly the deaths of the 6 young Members of the Youth Parliament. Our
thoughts are with their families and friends at this terrible time of pain and
sorrow. Kindly convey to them and to the Youth Parliament our heartfelt
condolences for their loss. We think often of the good times we spent in
Pakistan, and especially of the friends and colleagues we left behind. Lets
hope that fate will be kinder to Pakistan than it has been in the last two
Ms. Margaret Stuart and Mr. Jorge Sequeira (UNESCO Regional Director for Education in Latin
America and the Caribbean)
It is with great sadness that I convey the East-West Center's concern and
condolences over the tragic loss of life of the young parliamentarians today.
Please know that our prayers are with the families and friends of the young
Ms. Karen Knudsen, Director, Office of External Affairs,
East-West Center, Hawaii
The entire CIDA management and
team are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of lives of the six
Youth Parliament members who were on board the unfortunate aircraft that
crashed in Islamabads Margalla Hills on Wednesday July 28. It is not only a
great loss for PILDATs work with Pakistani youth but also for the country at
large which has been deprived of six dynamic future political leaders. Our
hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the six Youth
Parliamentarians. We hope that the PILDAT management and team will be able to
find the strength to cope with this tragedy. May their souls rest in eternal
Ms. Marta Samper, Counsellor and Head of Aid,
Canadian High Commission, Islamabad
I write you only to share my extreme shock and sympathies re yesterday's plane
crash. My condolences with the entire PILDAT team and the Youth Parliament! One
simply cannot believe it. I hope you and your team recover soon from what
undoubtedly is a personal loss for you -and move forward with a new spirit to
accomplish your mission.
Mr. Moeed Yusuf, USIP
I am sorry to hear about the
death of 6 Members of Youth Parliament. May Allah rest their souls in peace and
grant patience to their loved ones.
Mr. Nohman Ishtiak, Director, Abacus Consulting
Condolences on the untimely death
of Members of Youth Parliament from Sindh. It is indeed a great loss not only
for the Youth Parliament Pakistan but for our country as well. May Allah rest
their souls in peace.
Mr. Farrukh Jadoon, Leader of the Opposition, Youth
Parliament 2008-2009 Batch
I feel sorry about the young
leaders. No words to express the tragedy.
Mr. Faizan Mubarak, Geo TV
I am really sorry for tragedy
today. This is very disturbing. This is our loss indeed.
Mr. Abdullah Zaidi, Member Youth Parliament
This time is very difficult for
you and everyone in PILDAT and Youth Parliament. I do not know what to say. It
is indeed a huge loss. May their souls rest in peace.
Ms. Ambreen Sabir, former Team Member, Youth
I am sorry to hear about the
plane crash involving young Members of Youth Parliament. The loss is beyond
Mr. Yawar Abbas, Member Youth Parliament 2007
I am shocked and at a loss for
words. My thoughts and prayers with you all.
Ms. Irsa Hussain Malik, former Team Member Youth
We in the FES heard the shocking news as of a personal tragedy; we always
felt emotional and professional attachment with the Youth Parliament, and with its young members
who were there for a cause. May the departed souls rest in peace; may their relations find
courage to bear the loss of their dearest; may the YP members take on the
immense grief of missing their colleagues with valor; may PILDAT and its team
put up with the setback and carry on their contribution for Pakistani youth; In
Anja, Qadir, Rashid, Razzaq,
Sadia, Salmat, Shoukat, Tariq
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of 6 Youth Parliament members.
If there is anything I can do or be of any assistance, please let me know.
Ms. Afreina Noor
I am really saddened to know about the 6 MYPs in the plane crash. May Allah bless
Mr. Umair Farrukh Raja, Member Youth Parliament
Pakistan, 2008-2009 Batch
In the tragic incident of plane crash today, we the Youth Parliament, stand
together with PILDAT in grief.
Engr. Muhammad Aurangzeb, Hyderabad
Sincere condolences from me and all the staff to all the families, friends and
colleagues of the Youth Parliament. Very Sad!
Mr. Greg Schulze, Country Program Director, The American
Centre for International Labour Solidarity, Pakistan
The plane crash is a shocking and painful tragedy in which 6 MYPs also passed away.
We the Youth Parliament members, are with you in this sad hour.
Mr. Ahmad Noor, Member Youth Parliament Pakistan, 2008-2009 Batch
Heartfelt Condolences on the tragic death of the members of Youth Parliament.
Mr. Saad Paracha, The Asian Development Bank, Islamabad
Our heartfelt condolences on the demise of 6 Youth Parliament members. May their
souls rest in peace.
Mr. Asher Azeem, Member Youth Parliament, 2007 Batch
I and my entire family have been deeply grieved over the death of 6 precious
people including the Youth Prime Minister in Airblue flight crash. Like the
entire nation, we are devastated over this incident. Please accept and convey our
condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased members of Youth
Mr. Mohammad Haroon, Member PILDAT Board of Directors
It is with great sadness that we at the Parliamentary Centre have
learned about the recent crash of Airblue flight ED 202 that had several
members of Pakistans Youth Parliament on board. We would like to offer our
sincere condolences for the untimely and tragic death of these bright young
people that took part in such a noble and important initiative for the future
Ms. Amelita A. Armit, President and CEO, Parliamentary Centre, Canada
On behalf of my colleague, Keith Burnet, and myself I wanted to express
our deepest sympathies for the untimely loss of Bilal Jamaee and the other five
members of the Youth Parliament after the tragic Air Blue accident. It was a
pleasure to have met Bilal, who also very kindly wrote me a thank you email
after his visit. He was clearly curious and eager to learn as much as he could
in order to make a difference to his countrys institutions. Our heartfelt
condolences are with Bilals family and yourselves.
Ms. Rosheen Kabraji, Asia Programme Coordinator, Chatham House, UK
I am so very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of the members of the
Youth Parliament. This must be such a devastating blow. I am sure you must have
picked the very best from across the country and must have invested time,
effort and passion into training them. The institutional bond with this group
by itself must have been a special relationship, which knowing you, I am sure
you would have cultivated so well. I am sorry for your loss. May God bless the
Dr. Sania Nishtar; SI, FRCP, Ph.D Founder and President, Heartfile; Member PILDAT Board of Directors
I have just read that many of your leaders of the Pakistan Youth Parliament died in the
terrible plane crash in the Margala Hills. What a great tragedy this is for
their families and for the country, losing such committed youth in the prime of
their lives. They are in my prayers.
Mrs. Joyce Hanif Ramay, Florida, USA
While any untimely death is a source of sadness, when one hears of
young, energetic and positive people dying, it is a huge source of sadness. I
am very sorry to hear of the deaths of the Youth Parliamentarians who died in
the crash of the plane in Islamabad. I think of the futures cut short. It is
not for us to question Gods will but it does make you wonder why. All I can do
is make duas for these young people who got to God before I did.
Mr. Jafer Hasnain, Chicago, USA
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolence to
you on the demise of 6 members of Youth Parliament Pakistan in the plane crash last
Mr. Hokuto Kaya, Embassy of Japan, Pakistan
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathy following the news of the
death of six members of the Youth Parliament Pakistan on 28 July. It was an incredible shock
to hear of such a terrible loss of some of Pakistans great future talents. My sincere
condolences go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives,
as well as the whole PILDAT team. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at
this difficult time.
Mr. Rehman Chishti, Member of Parliament, UK
I have been meaning to write to you for a while now to offer my condolences on
the sad demise of the young Youth Parliamentarians. It has been a great loss to
the nation where these young trained individuals are badly needed. I will also
take this opportunity to offer my praise for the Youth Parliament that PILDAT
is so expertly implementing. Our nation needs many such initiative to bring out
the immense talent of our youth.
Ms. Aysha Shujaat, IFES
I want to belatedly convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of the Youth
Parliamentarians, and to the PILDAT team. I have prayed on several occasions to God to give strength
to the families of the youngsters to bear this great loss.
CV Madhukar, Director PRS Legislative Research, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, INDIA