Sharing some real life happenings ……..11…….”A day of 6th February when I lost my father”

There is not  a single doubt that everything on this planet shall finish according to the set time. We humans has a certain life span and we will go back to grave when time going to end either we are ready or not or we are young or old. But intensity of someones loss is only felt by the closest people having somewhat relationship.

I am writing this on the same date i.e. 6th February when I lost my father, forever. I was quite young age around only 18 years when he passed away. Several years ago, we had to attend wedding ceremony (Nikah) of our cousin at Rawalpindi – Islamabad on 5th February but my father didn’t went with us because he was not fond of travelling. The distance between Lahore to Rawalpindi is more then 485 km. I tried to convince him to attend this but he refused. Before travelling, we sat down for 2 hours and discussed future plans about certain issues related to property, my career etc. Nobody know that it was our last conversation. We had to stay out of city for four days. On Friday 6th February, I wake up early at around 7 am in the morning at my cousin house in Rawalpindi though I slept late at night after attending marriage ceremony. I was feeling very different since I woke up and was not well. You may call it a affiliation or a gut feelings gives you a prior hint / indication that something bad will going to happen. At around 8:15 am received a call at my cell phone from my house maid at Lahore that my father has been taken to hospital which was just 5 minutes difference from our house. I immediately informed mother about it and telephoned some family friends at Lahore to rush to the hospital for help as we were about 485 km away. But after 15 minutes received information that he expired while shifting to the hospital due to cardiac arrest / failure. We came back in afternoon on the same day for final funeral activities. But it was a shock for us that the person we left fine and healthy left us all alone. Obviously, father is a cover for children and you live secure life because someone is there to help you out in circumstances you do not ant to deal with.

That moment and his death changed my life and much of my career plans. A new responsibility on my shoulders of my family, taking care of all issues which he was tackling alone and we were enjoying our worry free life. However, i am thankful to the God (Allah Almighty) for his help and cover on all the matters which i dealt with successfully.

I never saw such a humble man and down to earth human like my father in my life. He had always preferred and prioritised relationships and played a role of a bridge to resolve the conflicts between family members or friends.   

About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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