Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday hailed Suleman Khan, a citizen who saved more than 100 people stranded in Quetta’s snow.
“The whole nation is proud of Suleman Khan who showed great courage and selflessness to help people stranded in the snow,” tweeted the prime minister.
The whole nation is proud of Suleman Khan who showed great courage and selflessness to help people stranded in the snow. https://t.co/S6ALeUzhur
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 18, 2020
Earlier last week, the Quetta-Zhob highway was shut down due to severe snowfall in the Kachlak, Ziarat Cross, Khanozai, and Kan Mehtarzai areas of the Balochistan province.
The situation led to hundreds of cars being stranded on the road, with women, children and elderly passengers left vulnerable in the harsh weather without adequate food supplies or clothing.
Bracing the blood-curdling cold, Khan not only rescued several passengers by driving them to safety in his own car but in a gesture of kindness that has touched the hearts of many across the nation, also opened his home to them for food and shelter.
The 30-year-old reached the stranded passengers on his vehicle and helped the people to safety and comfort of his home without any assistance from the authorities.
Khan also helped get fuel, paid out of his own pocket, to people whose cars had broken down on the road in the severe cold, thereby playing a pivotal role in getting them to safety.
Speaking of Khan’s kindness, one of the rescued told a private Tv channel: “I witnessed Khan rescue more than 100 people out of the snowstorm, including a little girl from a Danish School, who was then safely taken to her area of Khanozai,” said Habib Ullah, a driver who was stuck on the road.
Khan took the rescued survivors to his home, where he gave them food and provided a place to sleep for the ones who had fallen ill.
“I did everything for the will of God. I saw that people were stuck the avalanche and had I not helped them, they probably wouldn’t have returned alive. I had been trying to help them since 2:00 pm, however, officials arrived around 12:00 am,” Khan told a private media outlet.
He added, “I tried to give priority to pregnant women, heart patients and small children when rescuing, and made them stay in my own home, fed them, and gave them a place to sleep.”
Levies officials had said that more than 300 passengers were stranded in Kan Mehtarzai area of Killa Saifullah district, where temperatures dipped to as low as -14 degrees Celcius while heavy snowfall and strong winds almost buried cars on the main National Highway.