Social media is all praise for one Rescue Service official, who missed his sister’s funeral at home to save three sisters from drowning in Kandal Dam, Swabi.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Rescue 1122 Service issued a statement on Friday lauding rescuer Zahir Shah’s devotion to protecting life.
The official was part of an operation to save three sisters drowning in the Swabi’s Kandal Dam when he received word of his sister’s death. Rather than rush to his sister’s funeral (like most of us would) he stayed put to help save the lives of someone else’s sisters.
It must have been a difficult decision to chose between one’s professional and personal responsibilities. In the end, the selfless diver opted for his responsibility to humanity.
An Example to Emulate
In its message appreciating Zahir Shah’s devotion, KP Rescue 1122 said:
“Perhaps this does not make any difference to anyone, but no doubt it’s an example for the world.”
گھرمیں بہن کا جنازہ تیار ہو اور دوسرے کہ بہن بیٹی کے جنازے کے لیے جسد خاکی کی تلاش میں سرگرداں یہ ہےریسکیو1122کا تیراک ظاہرشاہ جوکندل ڈیم صوابی میں ڈوبنے والی تین بہنوں کی تلاش میں اپنی بہن کی تدفین کے لیے بھی شامل نہ ہوسکا، شاید اس سے کسی کو فرق نہ پڑے لیکن دنیا کے لیے مثال ہے pic.twitter.com/Qn1C2zEGSs
— KP_Rescue1122 (@KRescue1122) June 11, 2019
Some people pointed out that maybe Zahir Shah was as selfless as we think (he is and we know it, give credit where it’s due people!).
There were some people who believed that the rescue official’s leave was not approved, which is why he couldn’t go.
اسکی قربانی اپنی جگہ لیکن اسکے افسران بالا کی نا اہلی بھی مثالی ہے
— rana 1974 (@1974Fans) June 12, 2019
If I have the authority I will like to punish his manager for this. As a manager this was his duty to arrange another diver, is he the only one in his department?
— Inayatullah Khan (@inayatullah1975) June 12, 2019
However, that certainly was not the case here. The provincial government addressed this theory and announced that Zahir Shah was unwilling to leave the rescue operation mid-way (respect!).
After the news came out, Zahir Shah became Internet-famous. His fans lauded his decision, his selflessness and the example he set.
Twitter users appreciated Zahir Shah’s courage. It takes a lot of courage to put others first. It takes even more courage to prioritize the lives of three strangers over your own sister’s funeral.
Salute to this brave man
— GulBahadar Yousafzai (@GulYousafza) June 11, 2019
Faith on humanity restored..
— Rabia Khan (@RabiaKhanGul) June 12, 2019
Very great. Humanity is the name of this spirit.
— محمد سلطان (@XwXu6an13dIZMnG) June 12, 2019
Rescue official Zahir Shah was deemed a hero on social media.
People like him are real hero of the nation and humanity
— Muhammad Haroon (@Haroonkhnn) June 12, 2019
@siasatpk @SdqJaan @Shahidmasooddr @SHABAZGIL @Haqeeqat_TV we have HERO every where. it is just for us to see. you very rarely find them in top class it is normaly among us doing their work for common man and they are the reason ALLAH Bless our country
— khanum jan (@anumjan) June 12, 2019
Legend …. proud son of nation
— Anees ur rehman (@ShahGpharMacist) June 12, 2019
Utmost respect for this guy ❤ people like him make Pakistan Great. Pakistani tujhe salaam
— bint-e-eve (@evekibaiti) June 12, 2019
Tributes include a whole poem for the ‘man of commitment’.
وہ مجھ سے بڑھ کے ضبط کا عادی تھا جی گیا
ورنہ ہر ایک سانس قیامت اسے بھی تھی
Man of Commitment..
— قائمخانی (@kkraj00) June 12, 2019
Heroes deserve recognition. So Twitter made a call to government to give this man his due.
Govt must give him award/shield plus some financial reward also
— Dr Moran (@gimsonian) June 12, 2019