It was a usual evening of the month of May. Preps for final exams have half passed so I planned to seriously start the studies. It was sometimes before the Maghrib prayer that someone came to ask about Mr. K my room mate. It was time I started to notice that I haven’t seen him since morning when I left him after our combined class.
Then come some more friends of him all concerned about him that they haven’t seen him for so long. Then I tried to figure out where he has been so I called him. Two to three times the number continued to ring and then time out. It inferiorated me that why he hasn’t been attending my call? Then the tensions continued to build up by the passage of time as I knew him so closely that he was having so little circle of friends and we have tried almost everyone of his friends and tried to figure out where he has been both in hostels and the pindi/isb. But none was aware of him. The more tensions were building because he wasn’t feeling good from one week and was sleepless from more than two nights and wasn’t in good condition to go anywhere. And one person said he was with him after class and he went with him to Sadar pindi. But it was the 3 oclock since he has also left him. He has been alone from that time till 10 o clock night. What he has been doing there? Where he has been now? Is he alright? So many tensions. We were now a group of 8-9 people thinking constantly where he has been and trying to figure out him. But no way! Now another tension ….
Let me tell you his phone call history.
09:00 pm: Call going, not attending
10:00 pm: Cell not reachable. It means off or out of signal.
10:30 pm: Cell sending message the call cannot be forwarded to given destination means cell on but set on divert and divert number not valid.
And all of us continued to contact everyone in his contact list or was supposed to be in his friends list. But we found him no where. Then I called the same friend who was with him till 3. He was also so much worried and was saying that he felt he wasn’t feeling well. He was so tired and upset. He said he don’t want to stay in university and want to go somewhere where he could feel relieved. These words increased our tensions. We thought he might have been kidnapped or in very serious position. But why he has set his cell on divert? No answers ….
We continuously kept on calling him from 9 to 12. At last we agreed that we should inform authorities about the case so that we may not be in trouble in case anything happens badly. But praying always that “Allah karey aisa kuch na hi huwa ho”. It was really a tough decision and a test our friendship. We met with resident tutor of the hostel at 12:30. He said it’s been too late you have been informing us. We could have done something for you if you would have informed us earlier. He contacted Senior Warden the same time. I talked to him on phone and explained the situation. He said he would be unavailable tomorrow and presently preparing for case convocation to be held next day. So he said he has an alternative. He said we should contact the security personnel Head of university. He told me his address and given me his phone number. We went straight to him. He said you people should think before informing police. It would create problems if he is soon here, he would have to give paishiyan in front of many to clear his case. So we thought it’s been too late now 01:00am and informing at this time would have no effect at all. So let’s wait and see till morning. He may come back on morning routes. So we informed him about the case and didn’t make any official or written report. He also said us to not worry and take rest, because situations may be back to normal till morning but in case not he is ready for mission. We gave him our phone numbers, and left for our rooms.
I was really tensed now, having headache. I slept some at 4:00. My other room mate kept on waking and continuously called his number. He waked me up at 8:00 when his number was attended by some Fida Hussain from AJK. It really shocked us. And our fears were turning into reality. I slept with the hope that tomorrow everything will be alright. He would be back in uni and we would start our studies again. But how does he reach AJK? Who is fida hussain? Why he is behaving so rudely. We thought we should immediately take steps now. We again went to our head resident tutor. He said he had a friend in the mobile company we could get his location if his cell gets on or if there is log of the company active we could trace back where he has been. The next step of ours was to inform his parents and family. But we realized that none of us has his number…
We contacted a friend in Lahore who was so close to him in college life. He contacted a friend of his in his city who was known to the number where his father lived. And we then called the number on 10:00 am. A person talked to us politely and said he is on duty and he could give us his father’s mobile number. We then put forward this number to the RT of the hostel who talked to him and said him to remain calm and be patient since we have been searching for him. He provided us very important information which helped us a lot to solve his case. He said a call from his number was received by his aunty at 9:30 pm last night. He said he is feeling ill and shivering and sleepy and asked for some medicine. His aunty prescribed him some medicine and then no further talk to him……So we just forgot that what has been happening to his phone it may be stolen by someone. We started to search for every hospital in pindi. Our RT helped us a lot in getting a requisition for van to search him out. We were about to leave on the van when one of my friends number beeped with a call from his number.
Guess what? It was the call from the person we have been searching from last 24 hours and we were about to leave on van in search of him in all hospitals. He said he is presently in front of a plaza. He was sleeping in a mosque last night after taking medicine.
To be continued soon…..