Heartbroken by the tragic Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane crash on Friday, former and current India-Pakistan cricketers offered their condolences and prayers to the families of the deceased.
According to a report filed by news agency PTI, it has been learned that the PIA passenger plane was about to complete its landing when the aircraft crashed at the Jinnah Garden area which is nearby to the Model Colony in Malir.
Flown by Captain Sajjad Gul, the PIA Airbus A320 had 98 people on board including 91 passengers and seven flight crew members. At least four bodies have been recovered from the damaged houses after the plane crashed into a densely populated residential area situated near the Jinnah International Airport. “It is too early to say how many people have died in this tragic accident but… it will be a miracle if the passengers and crew members have survived this horrible landing,” a senior police official was quoted as saying.
“Saddened to hear about the loss of lives in Karachi air crash. May God give strength to all bereaved families. I pray for immediate rescue of all those who survived,” tweeted India’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir.
Saddened to hear about the loss of lives in Karachi air crash. May God give strength to all bereaved families. I pray for immediate rescue of all those who survived. #Karachi
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 22, 2020
“This #PlaneCrash news is quite devastating. My heart & prayers goes out to those we have lost in this tragic accident. May Allah SWT elevate their ranks and give Sabre Jameel to their families & loved ones. Indeed we all belong to Allah SWT and to Him we all shall return,” Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam said in a tweet.
This #PlaneCrash news is quite devastating. My heart & prayers goes out to those we have lost in this tragic accident. May Allah SWT elevate their ranks and give Sabre Jameel to their families & loved ones. Indeed we all belong to Allah SWT and to Him we all shall return.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) May 22, 2020
Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Irfan Pathan among others also offered prayers and extended their deepest condolences while reacting to the devastating news of the plane crash.
Just heard the devastating news of PIA plane crash. May Allah bless every soul we lost in this.
It was flying Lahore to Karachi & crashed just before landing.
Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajaoon.#PIAplanecrash
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 22, 2020
A National tragedy, one of which I never thought I would witness. My family & I pray survivors of the plane and the houses below and for the families directly affected by this tragic event. I also grieve with my county as we watch such tragic scenes unfold before our eyes.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 22, 2020
Extremely shocked and saddened to hear the news of the PIA plane crash in Karachi. My sincere condolences are with the families of the passengers & crew staff.
May allah bless departed souls Ameen.
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) May 22, 2020
Heart weeps for the souls lost in the plane crash at Karachi airport. How many more lives do we have to sacrifice to satiate 2020’s killing urge! Want this year to end today!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) May 22, 2020
Just heard the devastating news of PIA #planecrash . May Allah bless every soul we lost in this 💔😪
انا للہ وانا الیہ راجعون
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) May 22, 2020
Saddened to hear the news about #PIAPlaneCrash in karachi, condolences to all families 🤲🏼
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) May 22, 2020
In the midst of great suffering, we witness yet another devastating tragedy. This loss will continue to remind us the sanctity of human life & the many adversities we encounter. Thoughts & prayers for their families & loved ones. May ALMIGHTY bless them all eternal peace Ameen.
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) May 22, 2020
Heartbreaking to know about the Karachi plane crash. They were just few minutes away from meeting their families. Heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. Hope the injured will recover soon.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 22, 2020