Pakistan honours bus driver Khalil for his brave act
Karachi (PTI): The saviour of Sri Lankan cricket team, bus driver Maher Khalil was on Wednesday awarded a cash reward of half a million rupees for his heroic act of driving the visiting side to safety during the terror attack on the team convoy in Lahore on March 3.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ejaz Butt gave away the cash prize to Khalil on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari at a simple ceremony at the board headquarters in Lahore's Gaddafi stadium Khalil has been widely hailed as a national hero for his brave act of driving the Sri Lankan team to the secured Gaddafi Stadium amidst heavy gunfire from the militants while they were on their way to ground for the third day's play of the second test against the hosts.
On its part, the PCB has also rewarded Khalil with 200,000 rupees while the Sri Lankan government has invited him for a tour with his family to the island nation.
The PCB Chairman, however, took the occasion to vent his anger at yesterday's newspaper reports that umpire Ahsan Raza, who was wounded in the attack, was not properly taken care off by the board.
Newspaper reports read that Raza, who was in the match officials vehicle and was critically wounded in the attack, was presently undergoing treatment at the government services hospital in Lahore and was facing severe problems after being ignored by the PCB "No one is being ignored we have already made cash compensation for the persons who were killed or wounded in the unfortunate incident. One of our employees is there at the hospital everyday to take care of Ahsan Raza's needs," Butt said.
He also made it clear that the PCB would continue to provide all assistance to the injured.
"We are proud of all these people who have saved the image of Pakistan or gave their lives or were injured in the attack," he added.