Publicity Stunts

  • 10 Feb - 16 Feb, 2024
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Fiction

“Is everything ok” she asked him.

“…No” he replied after a while, “everything is a total disaster”

“What happened?”

He stood up and said:

“Sharing it won’t solve the problem…I’m sorry, I have to go”

He left the spot, leaving her alone.

That night in Yahya’s room,

he was walking towards his mother’s room. He saw her sitting over there. He asked her:

“Your marriage…Was it a love marriage or an arranged marriage?”

“It was never a love marriage. It was an arranged marriage and I wasn’t happy with it”

He thought of her words for a while and then left the room.

Next hour, he was in his room. The room was dark as the lights were out. So he anyway thought of doing what he wanted to do.


He picked up the bottle of poison that was kept on his right side. He looked at it and held it on his hand. While looking at it, he cried and read it. He realized that after swallowing it, he won’t be able to survive.

Three hours later, as his step father entered inside his room, he turned on the lights first. The next thing he saw was Yahya lying on the bed with his eyes closed. He called him out:

“Hey Yahya! Are you ok?”

He went closer to see and found the bottle of poison.

He exclaimed in panic:

“Oh my God! He drank the poison”

Meanwhile Usman who was sleeping at his home heard his phone ringing. He got up and answered the call. The moment he answered the call, he looked at the time. Anyways he spoke:


“Yahya just committed suicide…” He heard Yahya’s step father’s voice, “Come to the hospital, quick”

“What?” he got startled as he heard it. “Why? What happened?”

“We don’t know, just come here, quick”

Two hours later, Usman reached the hospital and made his way to the operation theatre. He found Yahya’s step father standing outside. He asked him:

“Well, how is he? What happened?”

“The doctors are taking care of him. He just swallowed a bottle of poison”

“What? Oh my God!”

“I haven’t informed his mother about this. She was sleeping and I brought him here secretly”

“But what exactly happened? Why did he do this?”

The doctor came out of the operation theatre and spoke as they turned towards him eagerly:

“He’s fine now. There’s nothing to worry about”

“Oh thank God” Usman spoke.

“He needs some rest. Let him sleep for a while”

The doctor left them.

Minutes later as Yahya opened his eyes, he saw Mr. Ahmad Malik standing in front of him. He felt a bit excited but then remembered his miserable life. Mr. Ahmad asked him:

“What happened son? Why did you do such a thing?”

“I’m sorry sir. But if I tell you then you would compeletely understand that a person like me has no reason to live”

“Don’t say like that. Come on, tell me what is it?”

Yahya began speaking.

Outside the room, Yahya’s father said to Usman:

“You know this was a good idea. Calling Mr. Malik here. He is the one who can talk him out of his misery”

Back inside, after Mr. Malik had heard him out completely, he spoke:

“Come on kid…It’s not that bad. Mr. Shahrukh is not such a bad person. You know two days after he asked me to leave his show, he apologized by coming over to my place”


“Yes, and from the look on his face, I can’t tell how sorry he appeared to be. He was really ashamed of what he had done”

“Oh my God, really?”

“And you know what you should do? You should go and tell him that you are his son. And then very politely, you should tell him to surrender himself to the cops by confessing”

“Why would he listen to me?”

“You’re the only one who can influence him at the moment. You will go and tell him that you forgive him for abandoning your family”

Yahya considered his suggestion and lied back on the bed.

 One week later, Yahya was writing a letter for Shahrukh Rizwan in his room. His mother came to his room and asked:

“Are you going to his apartment now?”

“Yes I have to. I have to bring him to the right path. My mission was also to influence him”

“Well I’m not going to stop you…All I’m going to say is that be careful”

He turned and looked at her mother. He said:

“I’m really sorry for creating all the trouble. I’ll make up to you afterwards”

He kept the letter inside his pocket and stood up as he was ready to leave.

Next hour, he was outside Shahrukh’s apartment. He gained courage and knocked the door. Shahrukh came and opened the door.

“You?” Shahrukh spoke furiously.

“I need to talk to you, it’s very important”

Angry Shahrukh held Yahya and pulled him towards his left side bringing him inside the house. He shut the door and locked it. Shahrukh then kicked Yahya on his face while he was on the ground.

“You have got to hear me” Yahya said trying to stop him.

“Do you have the disk?” Shahrukh asked.

“No I don’t” Yahya spoke honestly.

Furious Shahrukh walked towards the rack to pick up something. Yahya stood up immediately wiping off the blood on his face. Shahrukh pointed his pistol towards him and said:

“Where is the CD?”

Yahya raised his hands up and spoke:

“I will give it to you but first you need to hear me out”

Yahya took out the envelope from his pocket and spoke:

“Please hear me out”

Enraged Shahrukh accidentally shot him twice on his chest. Yahya got stunned and fell backwards. Shahrukh regretted what he just did for a moment thinking how he shot him unintentionally. He ran towards him and said:

“I’m so sorry, let’s get you to the hospital”

Shahrukh held the envelop that Yahya was holding. He took out the letter and the picture inside it. He looked at the picture and got surprised to see his marriage’s picture with his first wife. Shocked Shahrukh looked at Yahya who was almost about to die.

“I’m your son” Yahya spoke.

“What? Oh my God” Shahrukh spoke hugging him. “I can’t believe it”

He said to his son:

“Don’t worry, I’ll take you to the hospital. Nothing will happen to you”

Suddenly he realized that Yahya was not breathing anymore. He looked at him and found that his son had just died. Shahrukh began to cry and unfolded the paper, he read it:

“Dear Dad, you don’t know me but I am your son. You had left me and my mother. If you want to make up for what you did, you can just do it by confessing your traffic signal crime in front of the police. And accept the punishment you think you deserve…Your son, Yahya Taimoor”

Shahrukh continued crying remembering his first wife and realizing that he had impatiently killed her son.

 Twenty four hours later, the breaking news on the TV channels displayed:

“Shahrukh Rizwan Confesses his Crime of being Involved in the Traffic Signal Blast Incident”