The Battagram chairlift incident was a tragic event that occurred on August 22, 2023, when a cable car carrying eight people, including seven students and a teacher, broke down over a deep ravine in the remote area of Battagram, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The passengers were left hanging in mid-air for more than 10 hours, facing harsh weather conditions and fear of falling.
How Javed Afridi Honored the Brave Rescuers of Battagram Chairlift Incident
The Rescue Operation
The rescue operation was a joint effort of the Pakistan Army, the local administration, and the brave volunteers who risked their lives to save the stranded people. Among them, Sahib Khan and his friend were the most prominent heroes who climbed up the cable car tower and used ropes and pulleys to bring down the passengers one by one. They showed incredible courage and determination in the face of danger and adversity.
Their heroic act was widely praised by the media, the public, and the authorities. The caretaker Prime Minister, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, expressed his appreciation for their humanity and teamwork on Twitter. He also directed the authorities to conduct safety inspections of all such private chairlifts and ensure that they are safe to operate and use.
Javed Afridi’s Gesture of Gratitude
Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi and MG Motors Pakistan, was also moved by their bravery and selflessness. He took to Twitter to announce that he would offer jobs and rewards to both Sahib Khan and his friend, as well as their relatives. He said that their example of courage and bravery serves as a lesson to us all.
Javed Afridi is a well-known businessman and philanthropist who has sponsored many cricket tournaments and social causes in Pakistan. He is also the CEO of Haier Pakistan, one of the leading electronics companies in the country. He has a net worth of around $1 billion, according to some sources.
He is also a cousin of Shahid Afridi, the former captain and star player of the Pakistan cricket team. Javed Afridi owns Peshawar Zalmi, one of the most popular and successful franchises in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Peshawar Zalmi won the PSL title in 2017 and reached the final in 2021.
Javed Afridi is also the owner of MG Motors Pakistan, a subsidiary of JW Auto Park, which has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Morris Garages (MG) Motor UK Limited to bring electric vehicles in Pakistan. MG Motors Pakistan has launched two models namely MG HS and MG ZS EV in Pakistan in 2020.
Javed Afridi’s gesture of gratitude for the heroes of the Battagram chairlift incident is a commendable act that shows his generosity and social responsibility. He has set an example for other business leaders and celebrities to follow and support such noble causes.
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