As 11 Multanites, who had got trapped in war-ravaged Yemen, emerged out of bus terminal on Monday, highly sentimental scenes were observed at the spot. Holding garlands in their hands, the relatives of the lucky ones burst into tears and showered rose petals on them when they came out of the bus. Some of the relatives danced to drumbeat while others distributed sweets and chanted slogans in favour of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif.

Those who returned from Yemen included Kashif, Nadeem, Sohail Akram, Haji Siddiq, Suleman, Khurram, Irfan, Mazhar, Imran Raza and Muzammil. They were brought to Islamabad by a special PIA plane and them they came to Multan on a bus. No state official or public representative was there to receive them at the bus terminal. However, a group of PML-N workers led by Hamza Shahid Lodhi turned up at the bus terminal and welcomed them.  

Recalling their ordeal, the Yemen-returned citizens told this scribe that they had been detained by their kafeel. “As the war raged, he (kafeel) snatched our passports and detained us in a basement,” confirmed Haji Siddiq. He added that they were kept in very poor conditions.

Talking to this scribe, another worker namely Muzammil said that the detainees were kept on pieces of dried bread and water for many days. “Even this meal was served just once a day,” he further revealed.

They thanked Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for taking prompt action for bringing the trapped Pakistanis back. “It’s because of Mian Nawaz Sharif that today we’re among our children and families alive, otherwise our lives were in jeopardy in Yemen,” they added.

Hashmi terms PTI return to NA inappropriate


Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that Imran Khan’s decision to return to assemblies is inappropriate. Talking to the journalists here at his residence on Monday, he added that even kings did not make decisions like Imran Khan during their era. “Parliament is not anyone’s home where one enters and quits according to his will,” he maintained.

He said that the speaker National Assembly needed to play his role in this situation and stop those from coming to the assembly who had resigned. He said that he had anticipated seven months ago that the PTI would go back to the assemblies. He was of the opinion that Imran Khan and his other members of parliament had tendered resignations from the assemblies in light of constitution. To a query on Karachi by-election, he said that peace should prevail in Karachi.