Good news: The problem of the elderly Pakistani stranded in a Gaya hospital has been solved now. Urdu press and
The Milli Gazette
webstte highlighted the issue as soon as it was known. Charity Alliance made efforts to reach out to the elderly man in order to help him. Mr Ayaz Akhtar Arzoo, a social activist in the town of Gaya, was contacted with the good offices of
Mr Andalib Akhtar, a regular contributor to the Milli
Gazette. After a lot of efforts, the elderly Pakistani was located this evening. Due to the reports, his relatives too were alerted and came searching for him. This evening they have taken him to Chapra in Bihar. His family in Larkana, Pakistan, too, has come to know of this plight and
according to reports has set off for Karachi in order to obtain Indian visa and come to India to accompany him back home.
2 November 2006 - 20:30 IST
Elderly Pakistani citizen helpless in a Bihar hospital
Milli Gazette Online
Patna: According to the employees of a hospital in Gaya (Bihar), an elderly Pakistani citizen is lying unconscious for about a week in Gaya's Magadh Medical College Hospital and there is no one to take care of him. The Deputy Superintendent of this hospital, Dr Shiv Chaudhary, said that from the papers available with this person it is understood that he belongs to Larkana in Pakistan's Sindh province. It is also known from those papers that his name is Muhammad Saheb Jan Khan, age around 70 years and his father's name is Mohammad Firoz Khan.
According to Dr Chaudhary, Muhammad Saheb Jan Khan is mostly unconscious. Sometimes he regains consciousness but is not in a position to speak. His right hand is broken and is plastered. When he regains consciousness, he is unable to speak tears start rolling down his eyes. Dr Chaudhary said that this man was found in an unconscious state at Gaya Railway Station and was admitted first to the railways hospital. When his condition did not improve, he was brought and admitted to Magadh Medical College Hospital. Doctors fear that while travelling by train Muhammad Saheb Jan Khan might have been drugged and booted by thugs and was probably thrown out of the train in an unconscious state.
Dr Chaudhery said that Muhammad Saheb Jan Khan is admitted in this hospital for many days but no one has come forward to take care of him. Among the local people also no one came forward to look after him but BK Baag, police station in-charge of the area, is taking care of him.
Meanwhile, according to Dr Tanveer Ahmad, director of Gaya’s Millat Hospital, said the patient has not even clothes, etc., on his body. Dr Ahmad added that he is trying to arrange some clothes for him. Dr Ahmad said that Muhammad Saheb Jan Khan’s passport is deposited with the Railway Station Police and he will try to obtain telephone number, etc., so as to contact his family members back in Pakistan and inform them about him.
Source: Hindustan Express Urdu daily, Delhi, 1 November 2006.
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, chairman of the Charity Alliance (www.charityalliance.in) in Delhi, is making attempts to contact persons in Gaya in order to offer urgent relief to the hapless Pakistani elderly man and to arrange for his travel back to his home in Pakistan. Friends wishing to help this hapless traveller and/or Charity Alliance may visit the organization’s website where online donation is possible.