Honeybees attack at AIOU: One gardener dies, 5 injured


A 40-year-old gardener Muhammad Gulzar succumbed to injuries, while five others landed in the hospital when a thick swarm of honey bees attacked them in the garden of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU).

Muhammad Gulzar died on the spot and five others sustained injuries when they came under the attack of honeybees, while they were resting under trees at the garden of the university, after work.

The injured named Ghulam Farid, Aamir Nawaz, Tanvir Hussain and Afraz Hussain were rushed to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) for treatment.

Talking to Pakistan Today, AIOU Media Advisor Javed Akhtar said that the unfortunate incident took place in a spur of moment; hence, they could not rescue Gulzar.

Javed said that when Gulzar was attacked by the swarm of bees, others rushed to the nearby bushes to save their own skin.

He said that repeated attempts were made to rescue Gulzar but the bees did not let anyone near him.

Talking to media at PIMS, Registrar of the University Dr Naeem Qureshi, said that the injured gardeners, who were admitted to PIMS hospital, were discharged after emergency aid.

A senior doctor at the PIMS emergency told that all five injured were discharged after emergency aid, because they were in stable condition.

Talking to Pakistan Today, the injured gardeners said that they did their best to rescue their colleague but they could not do so despite their repeated attempts.

The gardeners said that they sustained more injuries, while trying to rescue Gulzar, who fell in the lawn because of the attack of the honey bees.

“We tried to cover ourselves by cloaking in shawls,” they added.

An injured with tear in his eyes said that he took Gulzar from there but the damage had already been done.

The body of Gulzar has been sent to his ancestral town Hafizabad.