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The army and the district administration launched a massive operation to rescue stranded tourists in and around Murree after 22 people, including women and children, were found dead in their vehicles trapped in heavy snowfall.
As the whole country is moaning over the tragic death of families, Pakistani celebrities also took to social media expressing grief and sadness over the tragic incident.
Actor Saba Qamar took to Twitter and said, “I am heartbroken to see images from Murree. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones.” She also advised her followers to check weather forecasts prior to any travel.
I am heartbroken to see images from Murree. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones. Please check travel advisory before traveling in extreme weather conditions 💔
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) January 8, 2022
Faysal Qureshi posted on Twitter, humbly requesting people to pray for the departed souls and also for those who are still stuck there facing the adverse conditions. The celebrity expressed that it’s utterly saddening to receive videos of Murree and Galyat circulating and marked it to be disturbing as a human.
Please pray for departed souls …Receiving sad and disturbing videos of Muree and Galyat. Around 20 people (local tourists) including women and children have died due to extreme weather conditions. Aur jo wahan hain ALLAH pak madad farmaye aur apni amaan mey rakhay ameen
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) January 8, 2022
Model Nadia Hussain and singer Meesha Shafi also shared the devastating news on Twitter.
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) January 8, 2022
😢Allah khair karay!!!! #Murree
— NADIA HUSSAIN (@NADIAHUSSAIN_NH) January 8, 2022
“Where is the cold weather risk plan to mitigate such risk? This includes regulating traffic and “prepping” infrastructure to receive snowfall with adequate weather warning systems in place. My heart breaks for the families who have lost their loved ones needlessly,” actress Armeena Khan wrote on Twitter.
Where is the cold weather risk plan to mitigate such risk? This includes regulating traffic and “prepping” infrastructure to receive snowfall with adequate weather warning systems in place. My heart breaks for the families who have lost their loved ones needlessly. #Murree 💔
— Armeena ✨ (@ArmeenaRK) January 8, 2022
Cricketer Shoaib Malik also shared the news and prayed for the deceased, while Usman Mukhtar urged the people of Pakistan to stop sharing videos of the incident.
– I am very shocked & sad to see the heart wrenching images/videos coming from Murree, stay safe everyone, my heart goes out to the families of the deceased, May The Almighty bless the departed souls…
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) January 8, 2022
The Pakistan Meteorological Department had predicted heavy snowfall in Murree and Galiyat from January 6 to 9. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has declared Murree calamity-hit and imposed a state of emergency at hospitals, police stations, administration offices and Rescue 1122 services in the area.