Pakistani hero Moazzam Khan helps save lives of 2,500 Indian students amid Russia-Ukraine crisis
Moazzam Khan, who hails from the Tarbela cantonment area near Islamabad, came to Ukraine 11 years ago and settled in Ternopil.
Details about the Pakistani Bus Tour Manager
Moazzam Khan, who hails from the Tarbela cantonment area near Islamabad, came to Ukraine 11 years ago and settled in Ternopil. He studied civil engineering in Ukraine but then switched his profession and started a bus tour business.
How did his bus service evacuate at least 2,500 Indians stuck in Ukraine?
Moazzam Khan collaborated with Nitesh Singh, founder of Team SOS India, to help Indians. His bus serviced picked students from Ternopil and dropped them to borders of:
- Hungary and Slovakia, which are a 5-hour drive
- Romania, which is a 3-hour drive
- Poland, which is a two-and-a-half-hour drive
During these trying times for international citizens in Ukraine, when other drivers raised their fares to $250, Khan’s bus service charged $20 or $25 for each Indian student. Sometimes, he did not even accept payment when the students had no money.
Why did he do this?
Moazzam Khan said he was exceptionally sympathetic with the Indians because of the language difficulty in Ukraine:
I speak Urdu, and most of the Indian students speak Hindi, so this connects us instantly. Hindi and Urdu are almost the same, and therefore we gel well.
He explained how his mobile number went viral on many Indian WhatsApp groups as his bus service helped stranded Indians evacuate from Ukraine:
After that, I started getting non-stop phone calls in the middle of the night for rescue operations. The most significant high was the blessings that these Indian students’ parents used to give me on the phone or send messages thanking me on WhatsApp.
Moazzam Khan managed to evacuate thousands of Indians from the country. However, he decided against leaving Ukraine because half of his family was stuck in Sumy. Moreover, he wanted to help around 700 Indian students awaiting evacuation in Sumy. We appreciate Moazzam Khan’s efforts for humanity and wish him the best in his journey.
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