OP man feels helpless as family in Pakistan faces violence

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The death toll from a suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan has been raised to 70.

The bomb went off near children's rides in a park, and it targeted Christians gathered on Easter Sunday. But authorities say most of the dead are Muslims, who also were enjoying the day with their families. Pakistan has started observing a three-day mourning period.

News of a bombing in Pakistan spread quickly to the U.S., hitting too close to home for an Overland Park man. Zubair Shah’s family lives in Lahore and were at the park Sunday where the bombings took place.

It’s why Zubair Shah said he moved to Overland Park nearly 30 years ago. He said his life was in danger but couldn’t tell FOX 4 why.

“Very tragic story. Heartbreaking. Time I have went through, it was not easy,” Shah said.

He left behind his mom, two brothers and now five nieces and nephews. His brothers tell him daily they’re scared they won’t make it through the day alive. They live in his hometown, Lahore. Shah said he begs them to move to the U.S.

“Get out of this country. That would be my message. You are not in safe hands,” he said.

Sunday, his worst fear came true.  The park is one Shah’s family goes to every Sunday.

“I tried to call my family and didn't get through,” Shah said.

After several tries, he was able to contact of his family. They are alive, but he knew many that were killed. That type of hate is something Shah and his family can not comprehend.

“These are not people, you can not call them people. They are not human being,” Shah said.

Shah said his family is shaken to their core, terrified to leave their home. It's a helpless feeling for Shah, as he prays 7,000 miles away.

“That is my hope, that we are gonna get ultimately peace in this world.”



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