Everyone loves a good scary story. But when shit gets real, it starts to get a little uncomfortable. Same is the thing with #PashtunTwitter since yesterday as the story of a possible “sheshaka” roaming in the streets of Peshawa’ts Hayatabad area started taking rounds on the internet.
A rumor has spread that a woman in Abaya appears out of nowhere on the streets of Hayatabat Phase 6 and diseappears all of a sudden.
According to rumors on Facebook, there’s a ‘Sheeshaka’ in Peshawar
A day ago, a Facebook page “Hayatabadians” posted a message which, according to the page admin, was sent by one of their members. The post read that a tall anynoynmous woman in black abaya keeps appearing at different spots in Hayatabat Phase 6 and people in the comment section also approved of it.
According to the Facebook post, a tall anonymous figure dressed in a black Abaya with green Dupata was seen roaming around in Peshawar’s Hayatabad Phase 6. The ghostly figure was seen at multiple spots near Shalman Park, Sher Shah Market, Ibrahim Market, Nawab Market and Food Street areas.
Here’s the photo that took the Pashtun internet by storm:
The post explains that the sender of the picture took oath of it’s authenticity and told us that he captured this picture yesterday night around 11 pm.
The incident reportedly happened near Sher Shah Market area around 11 pm. According to the narrator, he was walking in the streets with a couple of friends when he saw a strange dark figure roaming in the streets. They first thought that it might be some woman from the neighbourhood so they chose not to interact with her. They were afraid that she might get offended if they approache her; given the hour of the night.
The narrator further adds that, after a while, he and his friends and some of his friends tried to chase this masked Abaya figure as they felt something is off about it. When they started approaching it, the the masked figure stared back at them for a moment; then started running away from them and eventually disappeared in a field near Goverment College in Sector F2.
After the figure disappeared, their curiosty grew manifold. They decided to look for the ‘ghost’, and hence scattered in sorrounding areas to find it but there was no sign of the Abaya figure. It was gone. He said that it was more like a guy in Abaya by the body language so that’s why their doubt went strong. “What was really horrifying is the way it ran away. We couldn’t help but think it might be a ghost or something.” says the narrator.
“It ran so fast in the streets. We were trying to chase it but off it went into a field and the very next moment, we could see nothing but our puzzled faces filled with fear and baffle,” he added.
The post from the Facebook page further reads, “After posting this, a female member messaged us confirming that she and her cousins saw it tonight in Shalman Park while they were walking after Iftari. She said that she was wearing black Abaya with dark green Dupata and she was very tall. We were wondering at her height. She was looking horrible having scary aura. It looked at us and we got scared so we lowered our pace of walking so she can go far from us.”
The Facebook post quickly took the Pashtun internet by storm and bagged a gulping of 2k comments and 1k shares within the first 24 hours of it being posted which is quite a big number for a general pashto page on Facebook.
As the word spread, people took the story even to Twitter
People in the comments jumped on the bandwagon
Aur maza aye that would be some drug dealer looking for a drugee 😂— علی امام میر (@AllyMeer) May 9, 2020
Memes were shared..
I feel so bad for laughing😂😭
Phase walo joray pehla zal burqa ke danga khaza oleda— samosa plus (@hiiamsamosa) May 9, 2020
Damn bro who hurt you😭
Never get scare from ghost , human beings are more dangerous— varer (@lafenga) May 9, 2020
‘Experts’ shared their raaye as well
Most humbly, madam, why would Miss Sheeshaka clad herself in a fine burka for that matter instead of letting the world see her in full glory.— orhkay (@powindah_) May 9, 2020
But yes, a matter of concern for Peshawarites.
De bara k wai chy da jenai ice kharaba krhe da os ba de chy rikhtia v aw k darwog da pata nashta— Sangeen Kamal (@sangeenkamal) May 9, 2020
Civilzied sheeshaka😂 bro i-
Mata nakhra (sheeshaka) khkari kho bas charta madrasay k sabaq wele de civilised da— سفیان داوڑ (@khandawar88) May 9, 2020
Some voted for the story to be true
This place is really creepy, i once saw a guy acting weird at times, it was 12 at night, i ran a few steps and then when i looked back he was gone, i searched the entire neighbourhood and never saw that person again not in the morning.— Harun 🕊 (@harooniqbal18) May 9, 2020
This guy also tells a similar story
I had seen her 1 a month ago. was coming from my frends house which is near Shershah Market and on my way I saw her near ibrahim park.— shershah. (@rhymm_01) May 9, 2020
Some people, however, were convinced that the story is a bluff
Da sheshaka nda mara, ase burqay k khaza da— Warda Khattak (@warr_oo) May 9, 2020
Da thek sok alak d o he’s trying to do something creative in this quarantine 😂— Murtaza (@im_decenter) May 9, 2020
Za osegm dlta, hes khbr nshta cha hase toke kri— Maha Gul🌸 (@__kabulae) May 9, 2020
The tales of sheshaka are quite famous in Pashtun households and many believe that sheshaka really are a thing. We already know that we are not the only beings that inhabit the planet since the mention of Ghosts/Jinns is in religious scriptures as well. But according to scholars, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all that applies to Jinns since there are many types.
What do you think of this rumored ghost story? Let us know in the comments.