Karate champ saved 14 before drowning

Arab News
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-12-09 03:00

JEDDAH: A Pakistani karate champion who saved the lives of 14 people in the Nov. 25 flashfloods before drowning while trying to save another is one of the many unsung heroes of that fateful morning.

According to a report carried by Al-Hayat Arabic daily, Farman Ali Khan’s brother, Rahman, is making arrangements to airlift his body to Pakistan so that his family, including his three young daughters, would see him before his funeral.

“Farman’s youngest daughter Jarira has never seen her father,” Rahman told Al-Hayat, adding that his 32-year-old brother was a university graduate and held several certificates commending him for his voluntary work.

Rahman described his dead brother as a courageous man who ran through a fire to move a gas cylinder from a shop when he was 16. “If that cylinder exploded then there would have been a major disaster as there was a weapons warehouse nearby,” he said.

He added that Farman used tire tubes, wooden planks and ropes to save 14 people. “He was trying to save the 15th person when the water swept him away,” said Rahman, adding that his brother saved people without caring what their nationalities were.

“His main objective was to save the lives of as many people as possible, and he used all possible means to achieve that,” he said.

Rahman said his brother, who worked in a grocery store, was only able to visit his family in Pakistan twice since coming to the Kingdom six years ago.

“I am proud of my brother’s heroism and I believe he is among the martyrs,” said Rahman.

Farman is survived by his wife and three daughters — Zubaida, 7, Madeeha, 6, and Jarira, 4.

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