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Monday, April 6, 2009

A Man Who Shone For His Country

Sri Lanka Cricket today publicly showered its gratitude to Mehar Mohammad Khalil, the driver of the bus whose timely action saved the Sri Lanka Cricket Team and averted a catastrophe in Lahore last month. A veteran driver whose services had been used to drive important guests around Pakistan, Khalil had the ultimate test of his nerves and his character when gunmen opened fire on the bus driven by him ferrying the Sri Lanka Cricket team to the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, on March 3rd.

Kahlil's heroic actions have brought a shower of goodwill to Pakistan which has been viewed worldwide as a country sliding away from stability and the rule of law. His actions have also ignited a feeling of revulsion among a large cross section of Pakistan's population which has hailed him as a hero and disassociated itself from the actions of extremists and terrorists.

I tip my hat to the hero. Well done, Mehar Mohammad Khalil!

Read also:

ANCL felicitates Lahore hero

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Mehar Mohammad Khalil: A hero across borders

In Words

Loved and mentored by parents with values and discipline and a passion for good English; guided by teachers who wouldn't spare the rod to ensure excellence; copywriter; on-line journalist; editor-in-chief; and at long last, giving into the passion; Freelance Writer.

Nurtured in advertising and PR from freelance copywriter to account director and agency head; engaged throughout to humanitarian work in NGOs including the Red Cross and the UNDP; and experienced in both public and private sectors.

Looking forward to a future of writing on diverse subjects; sharing knowledge and experience; enriching the lives of others; but most of all, acquiring more knowledge and using it to make the world a better place for all.

More of my writing:
* Fuelling the Peace Process * Concepts for decentralisation of government * PEACE: Is it still an elusive dream? * Interview with the late Major General Trond Furuhovde first Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission * How polar bears are affected by global warming * Red Cross takes lead in clean water for Sri Lanka flood victims * The poorest hardest hit by Sri Lanka floods *