Outrage online after Lahore student killed in hit-and-run by speeding underage driver

Outrage online after Lahore student killed in hit-and-run by speeding underage driver

A protest has been organised at Liberty Chowk in solidarity with the LUMS students' family and to call for the arrest of the suspect.
11 Jun, 2024

Outrage has been brewing after a student of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Abdul Hadi, was killed and his brother, Abdullah Khan, injured on Saturday when a speeding car hit their motorcycle in Lahore’s DHA. According to a Dawn report, the suspect was an underage driver and was speeding when he hit the siblings.

Cantonment Division Investigation SP Bushra Nisar said the suspect is on pre-arrest bail till June 14, after which he will be presented in court. The driver, who is 17 years old, fled the scene after hitting the brothers, leaving his vehicle behind.

According to the FIR filed at the Defence C police station, the 22-year-old deceased and his 30-year-old brother were heading to Defence Raya from DHA Phase 7 on a motorcycle when the accused hit them with his Toyota Altis. The driver was going from Defence Raya to Block N while allegedly speeding and driving recklessly.

The FIR added that the victims’ motorcycle was destroyed due to the accident and Abdul Hadi succumbed to his injuries at the hospital while Abdullah was severely injured.

Following the incident, people took to social media to express their outrage, with many blaming “rich DHA kids” who could get away scot-free because of their wealth.

Due to allegations that the driver was only 17 years — while the legal driving age in Pakistan is 18 years — netizens believe that the suspect’s parents should be held responsible for the accident.

Singer Maria Unera urged people to stop letting their underaged children drive without supervision. She wrote, “It’s always the spoiled rich kids who try to get away with it,” adding that parents need to stop enabling such behaviour.

Singer Umair Jaswal also re-shared the news to his Instagram story and offered his condolences to the family.

Meanwhile, students and faculty from LUMS, where Abdul Hadi was studying engineering, called for justice using the hashtag #JusticeforAbdulHadi.

Hadi’s teacher highlighted how “signal-free corridors incentivise rash driving”. Another netizen highlighted that in Lahore’s DHA Phase 6 and 7, with people driving at high speeds, there is “100 percent chance of an accident”.

A protest is being held at Liberty Chowk on Wednesday in solidarity with the victim’s family and to demand that the driver be arrested.


MOAAZ MUNIR Jun 11, 2024 06:51pm
Hoping that the perpetrator gets caught!
Jk Jun 11, 2024 06:55pm
One day of complaining and second day all forgotten. Make a law to throw parents in jail for giving keys to underage kids.
Ahmed Jun 11, 2024 07:02pm
Lifestyles of rich and famous
Salim Jun 11, 2024 07:10pm
Will it make a difference, nah, he will go scot free.
Dr. Qamar Abad Jun 11, 2024 07:20pm
Imagine the situation after punjab cm gives bikes to youngsters???
Agha Raza Jun 11, 2024 07:35pm
While I agree that the driver was underage and shouldn't have been driving let alone speeding, however looking at the cctv footage of the accident the two brothers are equally to blame. They were in the center of the road and not in the extreme left lane, besides from the footage they were not wearing helmets. So these two are also responsible. Weigh in all factors and then judge.
Iqbal Malik Jun 11, 2024 07:45pm
Immediate bail is a sign that the kid belongs to a rich family and he will get away with the help of our beloved judiciary.
Salman Jun 11, 2024 07:59pm
These incidents are becoming a regular occurrence because of the lawlessness and capitalist system.
babaji Jun 11, 2024 08:10pm
It's Pakistan, just pay the "tawaan" (blood money) and move on ... justice is for fat-cat thieves and thugs, not for law abiding have-nots.
Aamir Latif Jun 11, 2024 08:16pm
Underage doesn't mean of the hook., patents jailed a N d this teenage murderer in jail for life time, why scott free by stupid laws when he is mature to understand reckless driving.... His lawyers should be scolded to hide behind his age which is a number only.
Subhajit Jun 11, 2024 08:41pm
Not only the people of Lahore but the entire nation shd come out to protest and to bring changes in law and seek for punishment to those who drive underage.Their parents should also be punished.make a mass anger drive of such incident..India will also join virtually if Pakistan want.but changes shd happen
Nadeem Shah USA Jun 11, 2024 10:24pm
Always jealous of DHA residents, meanwhile daily bus full of passengers fall into ravine, no one says poor people are always causing accidents.
Ime Jun 11, 2024 10:54pm
Copy from Pune case?
Rizwan Shaheen Jun 11, 2024 11:16pm
Balochistan incident: influential politican killed on duty police man result zero. Kashmala tariq again influential politician's son killed man in road accident result zero. We build so posh societies and I wonder there are no footpaths made for pedestrians. It's basic need. Morally rotten society. It won't get better certainly it will go downhill unless it is morally uplifted.
Rashid Jun 11, 2024 11:18pm
Hi, Kid who killed this innocent guy their parents should be arrested immediately. specially mothers are responsible as they know everything what her son is doing. these mothers should be taught that it is there responsibility to teach their son right things. Father is responsible as well. Hope driver and parents are arrested immediately.
NACParis Jun 11, 2024 11:41pm
In Pakistan, lawlessness is happening all the time. The police is least interested in enforcing rules, their only interest is to achieve the number of fines. This target is achieved not from car owners but from poor motor cyclists.
Shaque Jun 11, 2024 11:47pm
This under age driver should have been tested for drugs and alcohol. Police work is so inconsistent and pathetic in this case of manslaughter. Guns and automobile both in the wrong hands can kill innocent people.
NYS Jun 12, 2024 12:01am
#justiceforabdulhadi The horrific anecdote of the day The absconder will not vehemently freed – punish him as per lawsuit
Hashim Malik Jun 12, 2024 12:42am
We must unite and demand the government take stringent measures against such reckless behavior to prevent future tragedies. Stricter enforcement of driving laws and harsher penalties for underage driving are urgently needed. #RoadSafety #JusticeForVictims #StricterLaws #DHALahore #PublicSafety
Ron Jun 12, 2024 05:10am
Where is Justice? This is Lahore the Capital of Punjab, the house of Sharif family, uncle is PM, niece is CM and brother is Head of the political party...but no one cares for the poor. Unfortunately
Reality Jun 12, 2024 05:35am
Same as the incident which happened in pune but atleast justice was served abit delayed
Ayesha Sadozai Jun 12, 2024 06:09am
The driver/perpetrator of this heinous crime should be publicly named and identified . My sincere prayers for the deceased and his bereaved family.
Paksarzamin Jun 12, 2024 06:46am
This practice of driving by unlicensed persons is increasing day by day, and in some cases, even school kids drive cars (sometimes recklessly). Police is busy in their own heinous businesses, having no time to concentrate on their duties.
Tahir Raouf Jun 12, 2024 09:31am
Don’t know how he got the bail without getting other’s view, I am sure he will fled the country during bail and the parents will hush up the case
Asad Jun 12, 2024 12:50pm
Hope the parents are sent ro jail along with kid driver.
Paula Jun 12, 2024 01:27pm
In Karachi too, in all walks of life, rich or poor, parents give in to their underage sons' demands for bikes. See many riding recklessly daily in the Garden East area. The traffic police should confiscate the vehicle, put it up for public auction, and fine the parents. Both fines and public auction sales should be used to help fund the public entity to make them self-sufficient and improve functions and processes.
Habibullah Jun 12, 2024 02:16pm
Whether rich or poor, a killer is a killer, he must be taken to task and his family also will be fined heavily for giving the car to an underage or insane. This everyday occurrence must now be stopped and all insane and disgruntled elements should be knelt down at any cost.
Independent Jun 13, 2024 08:58am
Pakistan police is a waste. There is no rule and law. Traffic IG police should be held accountable for this unfortunate incident.
Rizwan Jun 13, 2024 10:23am
A similar incident comes to mind when a traffic warden was crushed by a politician in broad daylight. Nothing happened then nor will it now. We're almost at the point of no return! Prayers for the deceased and his fam.
awais Jun 13, 2024 12:40pm
this is where we are heading to , we knowingly push our kids to be in institutes like ISL, Beacon, LGS in DHA and then mourn on digi platforms that what happened to our kids , we all are in it, we need to get self out of this so called liberalism and so called "confidence shatter na ho jae" mindset, confidence to young kids should be given but on cost of lives, disrespect and drug addiction.