KARACHI: While the nation celebrated Pakistan’s victory in the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017 on Sunday night, Syed Hussain Raza Zaidi fought for his life in an operation theatre at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
The country-wide jubilation turned into a day of mourning for Syed Qazim Raza Zaidi’s family, who lost their eldest son, Hussain, due to the aerial firing in the name of celebrations for Pakistan’s victory.
Fifteen-year-old Hussain was standing on the balcony of his house and watching fireworks in the area soon after Pakistan defeated arch rivals India by 180 runs when he told his father, “Papa some men holding guns are firing [now] that Pakistan are the new champions”.
Qazim asked his son to come inside and as soon as he turned to go in his room, Qazim heard his son scream. “He [Hussain] shouted ‘Papa, mujhe goli lag gai [Papa, I have been shot]’,” Hussain’s uncle, Syed Hassan Raza Zaidi narrated the 15-year-old boy’s last words.