Video of a heroic act by a man named Athar Ali went viral online on Sunday, with #ProudOfAtharAli trend ranking among the top three trends in Pakistan on microblogging site Twitter.
The video, made by Ali’s sons, shows the middle-aged man stopping a driver-less 22-wheeler truck on Motorway. The truck, whose brakes had failed, ran down the Motorway, ramming into median strips along its way.
Ali’s family had been observing the situation from their car for a few minutes when he decided to get out of his vehicle and stop the truck which could have caused a horrific accident.
Ali ran behind the truck, got into the driving seat and took it under control after a 2-km distance.
With the video making rounds online, Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif also lauded Athar Ali’s brave act.