This is Why Everyone is Calling a Pakistani Origin Policeman in Hong Kong a Hero

This is the story of a Hong Kong-born Pakistani police constable and how he saved the life of a 34-year old Pakistani laborer who was attempting to commit suicide by jumping from a crane at a construction site on Sunday morning.

Law enforcer Ifzal Zaffar, who is only 20-years of age, and another officer were called at the construction site in Kowloon by the local people after a man named Anan was seen climbing and standing at the very peak of the 20-meter high crane.

After failing to persuade Anan from coming down, Ifzal used his native language (Urdu) fluently to gain Anan’s attention. Ifzal’s efforts were successful and Anan successfully climbed down the crane.

Anan is still reported to be in a hospital in Hong Kong as he is facing distress and is emotionally unstable.

After the incident, local media was quick to fete Ifzal as a hero. He mentioned in one of those interviews that he is an ethnic Pakistani who was born in Hong Kong. Coincidentally, he also happens to be the only Pakistani-origin policeman in the district.

“I used the techniques we learned at the academy. I think he felt safer knowing that I could talk to him in his own language,” he said.

About Ifzal Zaffar

Ifzal, who also speaks fluent Cantonese, graduated from the police academy last April. Since then, he has been working at Yau Ma Tei Police Station. According to media, he is the only Pakistani constable presiding in the district.

Ifzal’s parents came to Hong Kong a long way back used to sell Pakistani clothes to gather funds to feed Ifzal, his elder sister and his younger brother.

Joana Cheung Leung-yuk, Chief Police Inspector, is Assistant Commander of Kowloon City district. He disclosed that Ifzal also participates in voluntary work in the district when is on his holidays.

He added that police are keen on hiring more passionate offers from ethnic minority communities.

Via BBC

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section at ProPakistani.


  • Great “We Proud of You Mr. Ifzal Zaffar”

  • Muhammad Farooqi

    Thank you brother. we proud of you! ;)

  • Taha Najam

    So media haven’t mentioned specifically, but the person trying to commit suicide was also Pakistani since he understood Urdu?

    • Syed Zarar

      “A 20-year-old Hong Kong policeman has swept to fame online after he talked a suicidal Pakistani man out of killing himself – in fluent Urdu.”

      This is what was “mentioned specifically”.

      • Taha Najam

        I don’t see that line quoted anywhere in the article. Looks like you just added the bit about him being pakistani after I called attention to it.

        • Haamiz Ahmed

          I guess you forgot to read the first paragraph:
          “This is the story of a Hong Kong-born Pakistani police constable and how he saved the life of a 34-year old Pakistani laborer who was attempting to commit suicide by jumping from a crane at a construction site on Sunday morning.”

          • Taha Najam

            Like I said, author edited the article afterwards to add that info.

        • Syed Zarar

          I quoted BBC, as the mentioned source. Stories drafted aren’t made up as you’re implying.

          • Taha Najam

            I’m implying that you missed out on an important detail, which is of course nothing new for Propakistani authors.

            • KMQ

              Bhai aapne gustakhi kaise ki Syed Zarrar bhai ke article par comment karne ki? Aur woh bhi negative? Aap ko jo news samajh nahi aati why don’t you simply leave the topic you don’t like and stop spreading negativity here.

              Shukar karain, aisa jawab nahi dia Syed Zarrar bhai ney, warna tu dant dete hain woh :-)

          • KMQ

            Syed Zarrar bhai, kia aap bata sakte hain ke yeh following line aapne kahan se li hai? Because aisi koi line mujhe BBC ke article main tu nahi dikhi aur na hi kisi aur site par jahan yeh article ho.

            He added that police are keen on hiring more passionate offers from ethnic minority communities.

  • Properly Qualified click-bait title..

  • Ahsan

    “he is an ethnic Pakistani who was born in Hong Kong” how can he be a Pakistani when he was born in Hong Kong?

    • Her Madad Karne Wala Pakistani Hota Hai

      • Nabeel

        hahaha.. This comment made my day..

  • *typo offers

  • Ghaffar Khetran

    For heaven sake yar ! when we’ll stop to deceive ourselves.
    its my humble request to ProPakistani writers stop being irrational Patriots. You guys always applauding just the ethnic Pakistanis instead of exploring the real talent on ground with all its realities.

    and instead of feeding of sugar coated non rational articles be critical and figure out our shortcomings and with this how we can make inspirational folks on our ground. Thanks