Islamabad July 25, 2014: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and shock over the death in air crash of the 17 year old American- Pakistani pilot Haris Suleman along with his father Babar Suleman the other day.
Both Haris and his father were killed when their plane crashed in the sea from Hawai to California as the young pilot was seeking to set a world record in circling the world in a single engine aircraft in thirty days to raise money for the education of disadvantaged youth in Pakistan.
Young Haris has died along with his father in the pursuit of a noble cause namely, to equip the underprivileged youth of the country with the steel armor of education, the former President said in a condolence message.
‘In dying for the cause of education Haris innocently made a dramatic political statement that change and revolution in the country of his origin will come about not through slogans but by making education a national priority, massively investing in it and even dying for it”.
Asif Ali Zardari said that Haris daring flight in the cause of education came close on the heels of a nationwide survey that showed that 47 percent of the children numbering over 25 million are out of school. Nearly two third of these left out children have never entered a school gate while one third who entered it soon dropped out due to poverty and other reasons.
The survey also revealed that tribal areas were at the lowest rung of the ladder of education and some other areas were fast slipping down the ladder despite tall claims to usher in change.
The heart rendering statements in the cause of education made first by young Malala and now by teen ager Haris shows the penchant of our youth for books and their determination to bring change through education without waiting for others, he said.
Asif Ali Zardari also prayed for eternal rest to the souls of Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman and for patience to members of the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.