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Teenage son of Qamar Zaman Kaira killed in road accident

18 May, 2019

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The teenage son of senior leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party Qamar Zaman Kaira, Usama, was killed in a road accident in Lalamusa on Friday. Kaira, according to reports, was informed of the accident involving his teenage son during a press conference after which he rushed to Lalamusa. The news of the boy's death was confirmed by PPP leader Chaudhry Manzoor. The deceased was a student in Government College Lahore.

The funeral prayers of Usama will be held tomorrow at 3pm at Link School's ground in Lalamusa, PPP media cell said.

Condolence messages poured in soon after news broke of the tragic accident. PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari issued a statement, saying he was "deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of [Kaira's] young son". Bilawal also suspended all party activities for Saturday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed deep sorrow over the death of Kaira's son and prayed that the deceased's soul rests in peace. He also offered his condolences to the family and prayed that they bear the loss with fortitude, Radio Pakistan reported.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari said that the "loss of a young child is unbearable" and prayed for the deceased. He assured that the "Bhutto family and the PPP stands by the Kaira family in this hour of grief".

PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif also issued a condolence statement and prayed that the departed soul rests in eternal peace and that the bereaved family would be able bear the irreparable loss.

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, in a statement, offered his condolences to Kaira and his family, and "expressed his heartfelt grief on sad demise of Osama Kaira".

“May Allah gives strength to bereaved parents and family to bear this irreparable loss," he said in a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations.

PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz also tweeted her condolences and prayed for the bereaved family and the soul of the deceased.

"This is how unpredictable life is. My heart goes out to the family," she said.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari expressed deep sympathy with the family and said: "What a terrible tragedy for any parent to bear. May Allah give Kaira and his family the strength to bear this massive loss."

PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said that the party was "devastated by the news" and that it was a "terrible loss for any parent and family".

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