Injured child`s mother seeks financial assistance from US embassy – 24 Feb 2023

ISLAMABAD: The mother of an eight-year-old girl approached the United States (US) embassy in Pakistan seeking financial assistance for her child who is now unable to walk due to injuries she sustained in a road accident, involving a US embassy vehicle three years ago.

She sought assistance from the embassy as the child Manahil Shakeel was injured as a result of an accident after two vehicles crashed into each other, one owned by the embassy and driven by a local driver.

A woman died and five others were injured, including the four-member family of Shakeel Ahmed. The road accident took place on Margalla Road near Faisal Avenue when the US Embassy vehicle and another car collided with another coming from the other direction. The accident took place due to the reckless and careless driving of the local driver of the embassy, according to the first information report(FIR).

Talking to Dawn, the mother said that she was seeking medical assistance from the embassy on humanitarian grounds, as now it is difficult for the family to bear expenses of the treatment.

In a letter addressed to the US ambassador in Islamabad, the mother stated that treatment of her and her family, who sustained injuries in the road accident still continues. After long treatment, the doctor concerned declared that her daughter will not be able to stand or walk again due to serious fracture on her backbone, it added.

She stated that her husband is an employee of a private company and cannot afford the medical expenses of her and her daughter, the letter stated, adding that now it was very difficult for the family to continue the treatment of her and Manahil.

A case over the accident was registered at Margalla police station, the letter stated, adding that after that she along with her family forgave the driver and closed the case.

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