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The single-engine plane of 17-year-old American-Pakistani pilot Haris Suleman, who was attempting a world record of travelling around the world in 30 days to raise money for the education of underprivileged children in Pakistan, crashed in the sea on his way from Hawaii to California on Wednesday.
Haris, who had only recently got his private pilot’s licence, was flying with experienced private pilot Babar Suleman with whom he had been flying since he was a little boy.
After starting their journey from Plainfield, Indi­a­na, in the US, on June 19, the father and son visited Canada, Iceland, England, Greece, Egypt and the UAE before reaching Pakistan, where they received a warm welcome at Karachi airport on July 1.
Since it is not recommended for single-engine planes to make ocean voyages, and since 60 per cent of the trip was over the oceans, including the Atlantic, Pacific and parts of the Indian Ocean, Haris and his father had taken a sea survival course to know what to do in the event of a mishap.
Speaking to the media at Karachi airport, Haris had said that he was a bit nervous about flying over the sea, especially during their longest 13-hour stretch from Hawaii to California. In order to be able to make the long voyage, Mr Suleman had to fix an extra fuel tank in the plane.
The young pilot had said that he was not doing this for records. “I am doing this to raise $1 million for The Citizen’s Foundation schools. I am associated with a TCF chapter in Indiana called Seeds of Learning,” he had said.
Babar Suleman, who hailed from a family of pilots and happened to be the younger brother of retired Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, said that he also had an older son and daughter who didn’t fly. “Haris is my youngest and he takes after me,” he had said proudly.
When Dawn contacted the residence of Haris’s paternal aunt Nasreen Abid Rao in Karachi for more details, his uncle retired Air Vice Marshal Abid Rao confirmed that Haris and his father had crashed over the sea between Hawaii and California.
“We were informed by the American Coast Guards at around 7.30pm PST about the tragedy. Haris had taken off from Hawaii about one-and-a-half hour before that. The coast guards have recovered Haris’s body, which they found floating on the sea’s surface, but they are yet to find the wreckage of the plane or his father Babar Suleman. They intend to resume their search as soon as there is light again,” he said.
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The shopping spree peaked on the last week of Ramazan as children and women are busy in completing their accessories matching with their Eid dresses including shoes, jewelry etc.Markets seemed crowded from morning till late night as people visit the markets sparing time from their daily routine. Huge rush of vehicles is also causing problems for the commuters as long queues of vehicles block the road, especially after iftar. Mostly, the shops of the children garments and shoes are seen crowded, as the children seem busy in shopping with their parents. Besides rush on bangles, henna, jewelry, and beauty saloons, women were also seen busy in shopping of groceries for cooking delicious food to celebrate the festival of Eid.People are also finding it hard to park their vehicles due to the encroachment. “I am searching for a place to park my car for the last half-an-hour but could not get a parking as the over crowded markets and stalls setup by the shopkeepers have left no place for parking,” said Nawaz, who came with his family at Commercial Market. Every year, people face parking problem at Eid but the authorities concerned have not taken any step to address this problem, another person Mateen Zia said.
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Six people, including Haider Raza Kazmi advocate,a son in law of Shia scholar Allama Talib Johri, a woman, were killed and five others injured in separate incidents of violence in the city on Wednesday. Advocate Haider Kazmi was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on him in block 13-B of Gulshan-i-Iqbal.
The deceased lawyer is said to be the son-in-law of prominent religious scholar Allama Talib Jauhari.
Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan, is riddled with targeted killings, gang wars, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism.
Targeted operations led by Rangers’ forces with the support of police are ongoing in the city under a directive issued by the federal government against criminals already identified by federal, military and civilian agencies.A woman, Huma, 35, wife of Bilal, was killed and her husband, aged 45, and son, Hassan, 17, were injured when unidentified armed men opened fire on their car in Kareemabad. The body and injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for an autopsy and treatment respectively.Two youth, Liaquat, 25, and Moeen, 25, were shot dead by unknown assailants near Fancy Bakery, Liaqat Chowk, in Gulbahar area. The bodies were shifted to ASH for medico-legal formalities. Separately, a youth, Mohammad Hussain, 25, son of Mohammad Younis, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Phool Patti area, Lyari. The body was shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for a postmortem examination.A man, Abdul Malik, 34, was killed and two others, Syed Muhammed Hussain Rizvi, 34, and Hafeezul Rehman, 30, were injured when unidentified armed men opened fire on them near Jahangirabad. The body and injured were shifted to ASH for an autopsy and treatment respectively.A youth, Atif, 24, son of Gulzar, was shot and injured by unidentified armed men in Bhains Colony. He was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) for treatment.A lawyer was shot by unidentified gunmen in Gulshan-e-Iqbal here on Wednesday.An advocate, Syed Mubarak Raza Kazmi, aged 52, was killed when unidentified assailants opened fire on his car in Block 13, D-2, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, rescue sources told. The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center for medico-legal formalities.The deceased was son-in-law of prominent Shia scholar, Allama Talib Jauhari, the sources said. The incident appeared to be sectarian; however, investigation was being carried out in this regard, police sources said.Legal fraternity to observe strike today: Legal fraternity has announced to boycott the proceedings of Sindh High Court and lower courts throughout Sindh province on Thursday against the killing of advocate Mubarak Raza Kazmi in Karachi.An advocate, Syed Mubarak Raza Kazmi, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Block 13 D-2, Gulshan-e-Iqbal.  Following the incident, SHC Bar Association (SHCBA) and Karachi Bar Association (KBA) announced to boycott the court proceedings.SHCBA president ZK Jatoi has strongly condemned the incident and urged provincial government and law enforcers to arrest the assailants. He asked the lawyers community to stay away from the court proceedings.Karachi Bar Association (KBA), a representative body of lawyers, announced that it would boycott courts’ proceedings on Thursday against the murder of a senior advocate in Karachi.Advocate Syed Mubarak Raza Kazmi, son-in-law of noted religious scholar Allama Talib Jauhari, was shot as he stepped out of his car to buy fruits in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, in an appearant sectarian attack. He died on the spot.KBA Acting Chief said that lawyers would not appear before the courts tomorrow.In a separate statement, MQM’s Rabita Committee denounced the target killing of Syed Mubarak Raza Kazmi and called upon Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Governor Ishratul Ebad to order a probe. “People from educated class are being targeted in Karachi,” it said.