Last month, when his father bought him a new bag, little Amaan, 6, flaunted it among his tuition mates. Amaan and his newly gifted bag seemed inseparable, even in death. After an eight-hour-long rescue operation, Amaan’s body was recovered from the debris with his bag strapped on him.
The hopes of his family dashed at 4:30am on Wednesday when a relative, who was helping with the rescue operation, saw Amaan’s bag in the debris.
“He was returning from tuition along with his elder brother Bilal. He never used to leave his brother’s finger even for a minute while walking on the road. On Tuesday, his brother left him behind and came home,” said Maulvi Mukhtar Ahmad, Amaan’s father. He was just a few steps away from his home when the 102-year-old building collapsed on him.
His best friend Muhammad Hujsaifa, 12, fought with his father to take him to the hospital. Little did he know that he was waiting outside the hospital’s mortuary and doctors were performing a post mortem on him. “I have come to take my friend home with abbu. Doctors are treating him inside Once they are done, we’ll go home,” he said innocently.