ISLAMABAD (AP) — Zebunissa Abdul Rashid flips through an album of images of her late husband, stopping to share a sweet or funny story about the 72-year-old man who was killed by militants who stormed the court complex where the lawyer worked.
Rao Abdul Rashid was a loving father and husband and a “man of his word” who loved collecting perfumes in a cabinet in their bedroom.
“I miss his smile. I miss his smell. I miss opening the door for him,” said the 60-year-old wife. “He was the first man of my life. I married him when I was 15 and after 4 decades and a half, they took him away from me.”
Gunmen stormed Pakistan’s main court complex in Islamabad on March 3, cutting down fleeing lawyers before blowing themselves up in a rampage that killed 11 people, including Rashid’s husband, Rao Abdul Rashid. It was the worst terror attack in the capital since a 2008 truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel that killed 54 people.
In an assault that lasted roughly 20 minutes, gunmen swarmed through the narrow alleys between the complex’s buildings, hurling grenades and firing automatic weapons wildly, witnesses said.
The assault stunned the capital, which has largely been spared the violence raging in many parts of the country.
So many times in the aftermath of suicide bombings and shootings in Pakistan, the victims become nameless, faceless numbers in the tallies of dead and wounded. In this photo essay, Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen attempts to remember the victims through a series of photos showing the families they left behind.
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