PPP Punjab president Qamar Zaman Kaira lost his son Osama Qamar Kaira in a tragic car accident yesterday.

Osama Qamar Kaira, 20, a third year student at the Government College University Lahore, and his friend Hamza Butt both lost their lives as they were driving home. Osama was Kaira's youngest son.

As he is a public figure, Kaira's loss was reported on across Pakistan. Among other prominent politicians, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid also attended his son's funeral prayers. Others like Arif Alvi, Maryam Nawaz and Shireen Mazari transcended party politics and offered their condolences online.

However, some used the moment for sensationalism and mocked the senior politician.

Even the way the news was broken to Qamar Zaman Kaira was callous and inappropriate, and has been called out as such. Kaira was informed of his son's accident by a reporter during a media talk, and the whole exchange was captured on camera.

Following confirmation of his son's demise, some used the tragedy to attack Kaira's politics, even telling him he deserved his loss.

People even began sharing photographs of the demolished car on social media, a move that would undoubtedly cause even more grief and pain to the families involved.

All this begs the question - have we truly lost sense of morality and ethics as a nation? As if calling for a politician to commit suicide isn't enough... when someone dies, is that also fodder for political point scoring?

We can only hope that better sense prevails.

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