Pak hero of Jeddah floods awarded top Saudi medal

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Jeddah: Farman Ali Khan, a Pakistani martial arts champion who drowned while saving people during the Jeddah floods of November 2009, will be posthumously awarded the King Abdul Aziz Medal of the First Order in appreciation of his heroic humanitarian act, an official statement said on 25 October 2011.

"Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved the honor for Farman Ali Khan for saving 14 people during the Jeddah floods," said the statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Last March, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari conferred a gallantry medal posthumously on Khan and his wife received the award during a ceremony at the president's house in Islamabad on the occasion of the Pakistan National Day.

The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) had announced that it would sponsor the Pakistani youth's widow and three daughters.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2011 on page no. 26

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