A distant relative of the deceased family, who identified the charred bodies yesterday, said that 27-year-old Asma Shehzadi was seven months pregnant when the accident occurred late on Friday night when her husband, 31-year-old Mohammed Saleem, was negotiating a U-turn on Al Wasl Road. "It is a real tragedy. The young couple had been together in the UAE recently,” said Ghafoor Ahmed, who also from the same village as the couple. Asma had joined her husband just a few days ago before the accident. "She arrived in the UAE on May 6 with her daughter Kashaf Noor to join her husband in Ajman," he said.
"On that fateful day, Saleem decided to take his family to Jumeirah beach. Only if they knew," rued Ahmed, who spoke to the family just before they left home.
He added, "The air-conditioning of the car was not working properly, so they had rolled down the windows. But despite this, the family was unable to escape. Sometimes seatbelts save lives, and at other times they can kill."
Ahmed also denied that the toddler was sitting on her father's lap at the time of the accident. "Saleem might have caught her when his car was hit," he said.
Meanwhile, an official at the General Department of Forensic Medicine of Police said that the relative of the victims identified the bodies after recognising the toddler.
The bodies are expected to be flown home to Sialkot today (May 14) to the waiting relatives of the deceased.
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