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Meet brave Karachi girl who saved dozens of lives

May 7, 2016
KARACHI: It was a normal, uneventful Tuesday afternoon. Mahrukh Sohail, 18, was on her way back from her university after giving an exam. She was going in a bus and was sitting next to the driver. “The bus was packed. A lot of people were on board,” Mahrukh recalled. “However, the driver did not seem...

KARACHI: It was a normal, uneventful Tuesday afternoon. Mahrukh Sohail, 18, was on her way back from her university after giving an exam.

She was going in a bus and was sitting next to the driver. “The bus was packed. A lot of people were on board,” Mahrukh recalled.

“However, the driver did not seem to be in his complete senses,” she told Samaa TV. “He would not stop the bus whenever anyone called for him. I don’t know if he was sleepy or was high,” Sohail said.

By this time, passengers started to get agitated but Mahrukh remained calm. She kept her eyes on the driver’s odd behavior, and then, to everyone’s horror, the driver jumped off the moving bus.

As the bus started to dwindle, passengers screamed.

Mahrukh, who has been driving for four years, took charge of the situation and jumped into the driver’s seat immediately. She got hold of the bus and parked it near the footpath, consequently saving up to more than 50 lives.

"Had I been a man, the passengers would have carried me on their shoulders," she said, adding that all the women passengers hugged her.

'There is nothing a women cannot do'

“Driving is a necessary skill and all women should have it. What if there is an emergency at home and there is no man to help you?” she said, adding there is nothing a woman cannot do what a man can do.

Father feels proud

“I am proud of my daughter and very happy that I taught her how to drive. A man’s support is necessary when it comes to women empowerment in Pakistan,” her father told Samaa TV. - SAMAA

 
 
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    sara   May 11, 2016 10:44 am/ Reply

    Mahrukh Sohail, 18 …driving for four years . something wrong in this article as it means she is driving since 14 years of age which I think is not permissible in law. The writer should comment on this

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    awan   May 12, 2016 9:48 am/ Reply

    its a small mistake by writer Yusra Jabeen, she should have read her article before printing

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