Faiza Zaidi, a student of NED University, Department of CIS Engineering, was on her way to university when she was crushed under a Karachi University point. The incident took place early morning, somewhere around 9:00 am, on April 18, 2008. The details of the accident are still unclear but it is said that she was trying to get off the point, somewhere between NED University and Karachi University, when the driver suddenly accelerated causing her to slip and fall. She was then crushed by the rear wheel of the point. According to the news, the driver did not stop and she was left lying at the scene of the accident. Her brother, a Final Year student of CSIT Department, was called and took his sister to the hospital.
Faiza Zaidi was not a regular point traveller. She had to come by the point today because her brother had to come to University early in order to make some arrangements for an event being Organized in CSIT department. Having said that, it is quite obivous why she preferred the point instead of other public transport.
For students, Point buses (points) are a safe and convenient mode of transport especially for those who live far from the University. It follows a direct route and drops the students of right in front of the university. No one other than students is allowed on board. However, and incident such as this forces us to question our safety in the Points. The Points drivers drive too fast, they overload the buses so much that sometimes the students are hanging on the outer rail with just a foot on the platform, and they do not wait for long while the students are boarding or getting off. The shuttle buses, which are meant to be a safe mode of transport for the students, have now turned hazardous for us.
The entire student body implores the administration to remedy this situation so that more lives are not lost. A new policy should be set which should:
+ limit the number of students a point can board
+ close the gate after the limit is reached
+ maintain a steady, moderate speed
+ come to a complete halt when the students are disembarking.
When we enter the point, our lives are the drivers responsibility and such reposibility should be fulfilled with extreme caution.
Faiza was the only sister of two brothers. It is hard to imagine what her family must be going through right now. I pray to Allah to provide her family with the strength and patience needed to cope with this harsh ordeal and to grant the deceased a place in Paradise. Ameen.
May Allah Bless us all.
Edit 1: A KUrian dropped by and provided us some information regarding the accident. Check out the comments for the details.