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Pakistan Plane Crash – One year on..

One year ago there was tragic news about a plane crash in Pakistan. The Karachi to Islamabad flight was carrying 127 people who lost their lives.

Flight B4-213 of Bhoja Air, crashed at Koral Chowk on Islamabad Express Highway in Rawalpindi on Friday 2oth April 2012.


Here is a list of passengers that had checked in for that flight..

Seat chart:

Number of adults: 110

Children: 6

Infants: 5

Total passengers: 121

Crew members: 6

1. Abbas Ali

2. Abida Javed Malik

3. Adeel Chughtai

4. Aiman Ikram

5. Altamash Khan

6. Anisa Akbar

7. Anum Hussain

8. Asif Aftab

9. Asmaa Ahmad

10. Ataur Rehman

11. Azizur Rehman

12. Baqir Mehdi

13. Bibi Hameeda

14. Chand Baboo

15. Chd Faiq

16. Dilshad Kamaal

17. Dr Abdul Qadir

18. Dr Asadullah

19. Fahira Laiq

20. Farah Sajid

21. Fatima

22. Fehmeeda Zubair

23. Ghulam Farooq Qasmi

24. Ghulam Rehman

25. Gul

26. Gul Faraz

27. Gul Sharif Jana

28. Gul Zaman

29. Habibur Rehman

30. Hafeezur Rehman

31. Hafsa Chughtai

32. Hafsa Shahid

33. Haleema Sadia

34. Hamida Khadima Baloch

35. Haris Haris

36. Husun Nisa

37. Imran Waheed

38. Irfan Ali

39. Javed Akhtar Malik

40. Javed Iqbal

41. Kalo Abbasi

42. Khwaja Raziuddin

43. Liauqat Ali

44. Masooda Begum

45. Mishir Jan

46. Mohammad Atiq Khan

47. Mrs Mohammad Latif

48. Mohammad Latif

49. Moiz Sadiq

50. Mrs Khalida

51. Ms Yumna

52. Muhammad Abdul Hafeez

53. Muhamad Anwar Khan

54. Muhammad Ashfaq Khan

55. Muhammad Farooq

56. Muhammad Irfan

57. Muhammad Irfan

58. Muhammad Qasim

59. Muhammad Shahnawaz

60. Muhammad Sohail

61. Muhammad Younus

62. Muhammada Abdullah

63. Mujtaba Siyal

64. Mukhan Jan

65. Munawar Sultana

66. Musarrat Shaheen

67. Nadir Khan Fazaldad

68. Nasreen

69. Nazmeen

70. Nighat Mehdi

71. Nihaluddin Alvi

72. Nisar Ahmed

73. Nuzhat

74. Qamar Aftab

75. Qari Muhammad Abdul Rahman

76. Rakh Shanda

77. Rakhshanda

78. Rashida Rehman

79. Raza Ali Khan Feroz

80. Ree Han

81. SM Saud Ishaq

82. Saba Amber

83. Sadaf Baloch

84.Sadaf Tanveer

85. Saeed Khan

86. Saeeda Akhtar

87. Sania Abbas

88. Sarah Chughtai

89. Sardar Shah

90. Sarwat Mumtaz

91. Shabbir Ahmad Awan

92. Shahid Iqbal

93. Shamima Abdullah

94. Shazia Baloch

95. Sobia Ubaid

96. Suleiman Chughtai

97. Sumaiyah Chughtai

98. Syed Muhammad Amjad

99. Syed Muhammad Rizwan

100. Syed Omar Ali

101. Syed Sajjad Ali Rizvi

102. Syeda Amjad Shaheen

103. Syeda Rizwan Sufia

104. Tabbasum Sarwat

105. Tabia Rehman

106. Talat Mahmood Qureshi

107. Tanveer Jan

108. Tariq Mehmood

109. Tasadouq Mahmood

110. Tasneem Begum

111. Tuba Shewar

112. Usman Rahim

113. Usman Rasheed

114. Uzma Inam

115. Wajat Abbasi

116. Waji Ha

117. Yasmin Muhammad Sultan

118. Zaheer Shah

119. Zahida Aziz

120. Zaibun Nisa

121. Zuhra Begum

Crew members:

1. Captain Noor Afridi

2. First Officer Javed Malik

3. Head of Cabin Crew Ammad

4. Flight Purser Ghazala Malik

5. Air Hostess Princess Flavia

6. Air Hostess Sanam Fareed

(Information taken from The Express Tribune, here)


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Airblue Plane Crash: July, 2010

It’s been 2 years since a commercial Pakistani passenger plane with 152 people on board crashed in bad weather in hills near Islamabad on 28 July.

I would request all readers to take a few minutes and remember the victims of the crash and pray Surah-e-Fateha for the departed souls. May Allah rest their souls in eternal peace and give patience to their families.

Airblue released a full passenger list of the ill-fated crash:

Pyar Ali
Imtiaz Ali Kurd
Syeed Shaan-E-Hussain Naqvi
Prem Chand
Hassan Javed Khan
Syed Arsalan Ahmed
Mohd. Tufail
Abdul Rehman
Mohd. Faisal Rasheed
Mohd. Ovais
Hussain Alam
Ghulam Abbas
Naveed Ilyas
Mohd. Ali Mughal
Mohd Aftab
Shireen Lodhi
Mohd. Nawab Hassan
Asim Arain
Ali Sherazi
Mohd. Bashir
Zahid Habibi
Dr.Mirko Cvjfticanin
Asia Begum
Mohd. Umair Khan
Haji Rehmat Gul
Mohd. Saqib Rafiq Shaikh
Misha Dawood
Ali Asghar Rajab Ali
Rashida Tyeb Khan
Murtaza Tyed Khan
Malik Mohd. Yousuf
Nabeel Lutfi
Manzoor Nasir
Saleem Ahmed
Rosie Ahmed
Salauddin Syed
Hamid Javed
Mohd. Yousuf
Ata Raja
Salman Khan Bijrani
Mehran Khan Bijrani
Anwar Bibi
Gulzar Bibi
Tariq Subhan
Abdul Ghaffar
Irfan Irfan
Mohd. Sultan
Mohd. Yaseen
Gayaba Khan
Manzoor Ahmed
Masood Salam
Syed Azam
Ojam Khan
Jannat Gul
Zaintun Bibi
Waheed Ur Rehman
Mohd. Feroze
Dr. Suresh
Mohd. Asad
Amir Siddiqui
Mona Dhonki
Mehlee Dhonki
Amir Dhonki
Afshan Dhonki
Masood Kayani
Zafar Saleem
Abdul Ghani
Adnan Qayoom
Abbas Haider
Osama Ghafoor
Mohd. Zameen
Andaleeb Junaid
Abdul Raheem
Mohd. Zaid Rauf
Anwar Begum
Nusrat Begum
Ali Shah
Kamran Shah
Abdul Qayum
Maqsood Ahmed
Abdul Ghaffar
Mohd. Iqbal
Khan Zaman
A M Nasir
Syeda Rabab Zehra Naqvi
Ovais Bin Laiq
Bilal Jamaee
Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah
Samatar Bashir
Amer Khattaq
Hassan Naseem
Atif Rasheed
Kaneze Akhthar
Shamsul Haq
Khadim Hussain Rehmat Khan
Mirza Tahir Baig
Mohd Irfan
Malik Ghulam Hussain
Javeria Faraz
Mohd Ajmal Khan
Sikander Hayat Awan
Mubashir Shahid
Tariq Shahid
Mr. Kamran
Mr. Saleem
Javaid Iqbal
Pervez Akhthar
Raheem Khan Rajput
Ikhlaas Khan
Aswah Gul
Ansar Abbas
Athar Iftikhar
Haji Gul Mehboob
Farooq Khan
Syed Jawad Ali
Ayesha Amir
Aliza Amir
Abu Baqr Izhar
Sapna Munawar
Farooq Nadeem
Mohd. Asif
Hassan Adeel
Abid Mehmood
Malik Muhammad Ajmal
Owais Khan
Romaisa Khan
Muhammad Saleem
Mujahid Rehman
Aesar Ali
Tasleem Kausar
Muhammad Ibrahim
Ghulam Rasool
Mrs Shaheen
Mrs Sabira
Mrs Gulshad
Mr Rawaha
Jehangir Khan
Ali Akber
Muhammad Rafique
Syed Haider Zulfiqar Shah
Muhammad Saleem Akhtar
Rizwan Ghani Khan
Amber Rizwan
Muhammad Zawar Khan
Arbaaz Khan
Muskan Rizwan
Farid Ahmed Alvi
Shamas Us Rehman Alvi
Khizer Pervaiz
Kiran Alvi
Muhammad Khalid
Asif Shehzad
Ayesha Asif
Syed Ainullah Agha
Afazal Masood
Syed Attaullah Hashmi
Waheed Shaikh
Navaid Chaudhry

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Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak


Happy 65th Independence Day!

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August 14, 2012 · 6:08 pm

Abbas’ trip to Pakistan

I’m back to blogging after a short break that was due to a trip to Pakistan (again!) and work. My trip consisted of another marriage, another new member being added to the family and another family celebration that will be remembered in years to come 🙂

Today we have a very special treat in the form of a guest blogger on My Pakistani Ancestry, a good friend of mine, who has been sharing with me his research story. His trip to Pakistan was his first and was exciting in terms of him visiting his ancestral country and learning about his family roots.

Here is his own account:

Both my ancestral lines – maternal as well as paternal – can be traced back to Pakistan. On my paternal side, my great-grandfather Bostan Khan had migrated from Campbellpur (present day Attock) to Singapore before the First World War. On my maternal side, it was my mother’s father who made the journey from Mansehra to Singapore. My maternal grandfather, Hayat Shah served in colonial police force like many other men from his country. He married my grandmother in 1950 – a second-generation Pakistani herself – and passed away in March 1969, when my mother was just thirteen.

This past June, more than 40 years since my grandfather passed away, I brought my mother to visit Pakistan, for the first time in all our lives!

Rekindling family ties

Years after he had somewhat established himself here, my grandfather was joined by his younger brother, Mohammed Younis Shah. Following in his elder brother’s footsteps, he too joined the police force and married a local here in Singapore. Yet three years after the death of my grandfather, my granduncle Younis Shah returned back to Pakistan, with his wife and four children. He used to correspond with my mother and her siblings until his death in 1994. After 17 years, we managed to renew correspondence.

It was a trip filled with much anticipation. For me, I had two very broad aims – to strengthen family ties and to learn as much as I could about our family history.

From the moment I head my name being called out by my uncle when exiting the airport in Islamabad, I just knew that the trip was worth the wait. It was a three-hour journey by road to Mansehra, and throughout the car ride, my aunt and uncles who had come to fetch us wasted no time in showering us with the warm Pakistani hospitality I had often read about. The cold night air was filled with warm chatter and laughter throughout.

Upon his return to Pakistan, my granduncle settled in Mansehra city, just a few kilometers away from his ancestral village of Hado Bandi. And it was in this house that my mother and I stayed in. On the first day, we were brought to visit numerous graveyards where we paid our respects to my granduncle, my great-grandparents as well as our forefathers who had first settled in Hado Bandi.

On the second day, we were brought to Oghi – a town about 30 kilometers away from Mansehra. Here, in the village of Bandi Sadiq, was the family of my grandfather’s only sister. She had been married off to a man from this village. Sadly, she passed away only last year. We were told that she often expressed hope that she would see the children of her eldest brother – my grandfather. It was a surreal feeling, to meet my cousins, who up to that point, had merely been an abstract idea in my thoughts. Again, like in Mansehra and Hado Bandi, we visited the graves of the departed and offered our prayers for them.

Love and lineage, the common languages between us

The only languages I speak are English and Malay. Over a hundred years of cultural assimilation had seen us lose the ability to speak in our native languages of Hindko and Urdu.

I suppose you can say we were truly fortunate, because even in Pakistan, we continued to speak English and Malay! My granduncle’s wife was a local from Singapore who spoke Malay. Thus, upon migrating to Pakistan, the language was still used within the family. The use of a language known only to us made my mother and I feel more attached to our family there. There is no doubt that despite the years of separation, there still was a level of cultural similarity between our families.

In Bandi Sadiq, we were also fortunate that many of our relatives there had gone through various degrees of education and could speak English proficiently. For those who were unable to communicate with us, they did so through my uncle who acted as an interpreter. And when he wasn’t around, we will attempt to speak in each other’s tongues anyway. I think we barely made it, but the smiles that resulted were priceless. When we left after three days in the village, tears were shed, as a testimony to the love that had been forged in that short period of time.

The research project – Pen, paper and photographs

It was a genealogical researcher’s dream come true. I had prepared myself with a notebook and a pen, as well as a camera if I needed it. Most of my uncles and aunts knew of my intention to research the family history and they were ever so patient to sit down with me to draw up the family tree and answer any queries that I had.

Additionally, my aunt who had known of my research project had brought me to visit an elderly 72-year-old man who knew the history of the people in the village, but also of Pakistani folk who had migrated to Singapore! In fact, his wife was born in Singapore and moved to Pakistan when she was 12. My aunt patiently acted as the translator and scribe as I asked questions about my late grandfather, his family as well as some other personalities who had migrated to Singapore.

I realised one of the best things I did was to have printed the pictures of my family, my grandparents, as well as other relatives and people of Pakistani origin in Singapore. Though not exactly comprehensive, it had helped me a lot in discovering information I had never expected to find.

A case in point was when one of my aunts saw the photograph of my mother’s maternal grandfather. She asked who the man in the picture was. And when we told her that it was the father-in-law of my late grandfather, she surprised us by informing us that she knew of his origin. She told us that he was from Tilli – the Black Mountain of Hazara (Tor Ghar). This was a golden nugget of information that not a single descendent of my great-grandfather knew, but was communicated by my late grandfather (his son-in-law) to his sister. This was a bonus I had never expected to discover.

Tips for genealogists visiting the ancestral land

Never leave behind any information back home. Though apparently painstaking, it may be worth to make copies, or back up of research you have done thus far, and bring the copy with you on your trip. You wouldn’t want to be in a situation where you stumbled upon a valuable lead, only that you cannot pursue it because some important information you require is sitting pretty at home, thousands of miles away from you. Even the most mundane of information can be frustrating to recall should you suddenly require it. It may be a name, an address, a relationship or a date.

Another tip is to strike a balance between research and recreation. Sometimes you may need to be firm and decline invitations, in order to pursue a particular lead – like visiting a place or interviewing a person. On the other hand, you wouldn’t want to be completely immersed in research that you forget to enjoy the experience. Take the time to immerse yourself in the environment and imagine what it might have been like for your ancestor to live through it. After all, how often do we get to visit the ancestral land?

If you’d like to read more about Abbas’ trip to Pakistan, then head over to his blog.

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Pakistan Trip

As promised, here are the pictures from my trip to Pakistan:

Sitting in the plane watching the clouds.. from above..

Finally..after 7.5 hours, the information on-board the plane states we’re now flying over Pakistan

Islamabad from above

The morning sun in my ancestral village

The road into my village


Family graveyard

I also have some photographs of some tombstones in our family graveyard which I will be hopefully uploading soon.

Please do leave a comment about any of the pics 🙂

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I’m back!

Apologies for my being absent for so long but I’ve been to the Land of the Pure: Pakistan. My visit lasted 5 weeks which was spent with relatives, reimmersing myself into Pakistani culture and food. As usual the constant stream of guests to my home consisted of many close and distant relatives that I had not seen for years. Some guests were unknown to me so I was repeatedly asking ‘who is that? and how are they related to me?’ I had to stop myself from asking them 20 questions about themselves.

The weather was a happy change from miserable British weather even though it took some getting used to. I managed to stay alive in the first week by constantly using a fan and drinking lots of water. And yes, there were some ill effects of eating food from vendors which I would like to forget about (think sleepless nights and constant throwing up).

If you’re wondering how much genealogy work I managed to do, then I can tell you it’s probably 10% of what I had hoped. Most of my time was spent making family history rather than recording it. I do regret that I could have done more but I don’t regret the happy moments that I made with my family.

I’ll be posting pics in the following days so please do, pop back to take a look 🙂

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For all those killed in the airplane crash near Islamabad and for those who died in the recent floods in Pakistan:

‘We belong to Allah and to Him do we return’

dead : Airblue plane crash

417+ dead : Floods in Pakistan

I urge you to pray for all those who have lost their life and to donate money to those people affected by the floods. You can donate to Muslim Aid, here.

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