Written By: Ahmad Waleed
It was the bloodiest Sunday evening in Lahore, known as ‘City of Gardens’, when terrorists targeted a crowded Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park where families had gathered to enjoy the quality time. Everything was going smoothly. Kids were screaming, giggling and laughing with their peers on rides while adults/ parents were busy in capturing the happy moments for lifetime.
The scenario changed all of a sudden with a loud bang and clouds of smoke disbursed around leaving people clueless about what just happened. Laughter turned into shrill cries, hence chaos struck Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park the very moment.
The suicide attack was the first of its kind that occured. Terrorists very cunningly chose for those who were not equipped with arms and ammunition instead were busy with in their own.
The place was occupied with people belonging to middle strata as this place is economical for them to afford.
Here take a glance over the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park before the deadly blast.
In order to make Sunday memorable for visiting families, Lahore administration had arranged additional food and various activity stalls as part of the spring season festivities along the canal of the city. The parks of Lahore were all set and adorned to celebrate the arriving spring.
But now the situation has turned upside down as majority parks are empty of people after the irreparable loss they have bear the past Sunday.The day has been marked as the most terrible incidents in the history of cultural center of Pakistan. Lahorites are in a state of trauma that will take a long time to recover as people will remain hesitant about visiting Lahore’s parks.
On the contrary, people of Lahore are famed for celebrating spring season to the fullest while folks from suburban areas also rush to the City Canal and Parks to witness eye candy spring scenes of the city. After a complete ban on kite flying in the city, families throng the most beautiful parks to spend joyful time with kids.
Deaths of children and women have dampened the spirit of the blossoming season which offers an opportunity to the families to take their kids out during the spring holidays.
Pakistan has been under the grip of worst ever terrorism for a decade that has taken almost 75,000 lives forcing people to live a life full of fear and trauma. There is a dire need to take stringent steps to root out the menace of terror so that the young generation could feel safe and enjoy the best time of their life.