Former hockey participant Shahida Raza amongst useless in Italian shipwreck tragedy – Pakistan
Former nationwide hockey participant Shahida Raza was among the many Pakistanis who misplaced their lives after a picket crusing boat carrying migrants crashed against rocks on the southern Italian coast over the weekend, the Related Press of Pakistan (APP) reported on Wednesday.
The vessel had set sail from Turkiye a number of days in the past with migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and several other different international locations, and crashed in stormy climate close to Steccato di Cutro, a seaside resort on the japanese coast of Calabria, with our bodies, footwear, and particles washing up alongside an extended stretch of shoreline.
A senior official on the Pakistani embassy in Italy had met 16 Pakistani survivors of the capsised vessel on Monday whereas 4 have been lacking.
The International Workplace on Tuesday had confirmed that two Pakistanis had misplaced their lives, yet another was discovered alive whereas the standing of the fourth was unaccounted for.
The identical day, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) issued an announcement saying its senior officers had prolonged their condolences to Raza’s household, saying that she had “died in an accident”.
APP reported at the moment that Raza was “among the many 60 people killed in an immigration boat tragedy in Italy a number of days in the past”. “4 Pakistanis are mentioned to have died within the mentioned boat collision,” it added.
Raza beforehand performed for Pakistan in 2012’s Asian Hockey Federation Cup by which she was thought to be the team’s linchpin. Nicknamed “Chintoo” by her teammates, she was bursting with power in each match.
Born and bred within the mountains of Quetta, her stamina and abilities have been second to none.
“I’m not drained, I can play one other match beginning now!” she had repeated greater than as soon as on the dugout after the match in opposition to Singapore. Certainly one of her complaints was a scarcity of publicity.
“There isn’t a lot left to do now, as soon as we go dwelling we will probably be primarily based in our respective cities for a lot of months and apart from working round, would don’t have any hockey observe. We want an academy, a sequence of nationwide and worldwide tournaments; belief in us and we are going to ship,” promised Chintoo.
Raza was additionally a part of the 18-member junior girl’s squad for 2009’s Asian Hockey Federation U-18 Lady’s Cup.
She additionally performed on the domestic level and competed within the PHF U-21 Ladies Hockey Championship.
CM Bizenjo pays tribute
Meanwhile, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo expressed his “deep grief” over Raza’s demise in the accident.
The chief minister in his condolence message issued earlier today said he was “deeply saddened” by her death and those of other citizens holding Pakistani nationality in the boat tragedy.
Paying homage to the late hockey player, he said: “The deceased brought light to the name of the province and the country in the field of hockey.”
He also expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for them and those who died.