Family renews search for missing Pakistani after Arab News photo

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Sitting in the center, Sayed Arshad Ali Shah (son of the missing person) along with his brother, right, and his son, left, talks to Arab News on Tuesday, explaining the ordeal of his missing father. (AN photo)
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A passport size photo of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)
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A frail, elderly pilgrim found himself in the safe hands of a Saudi soldier after he spotted him in Mina struggling to complete Hajj rites. (Photo courtesy: Saud Almosihij/@O03oK)
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A copy of an air ticket, depicting departure and arrival routes of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)
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A copy of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)
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A passport copy of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)
Updated 10 October 2019

Family renews search for missing Pakistani after Arab News photo

  • Said Sarim Shah traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah in 2006 and disappeared
  • Son says old man in an Arab News photo published this August is his lost father

WAD PAGAH/PESHAWAR: It was 2006 when Said Sarim Shah traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah pilgrimage and disappeared.
His family hasn’t seen him since — that is, until August this year when Arab News published a photograph on its front page of a policeman carrying an old man during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
Shah’s son, Said Arshad Ali Shah, says the man in the picture is his father.




Sitting in the center, Sayed Arshad Ali Shah (son of the missing person) along with his brother, right, and his son, left, talks to Arab News on Tuesday, explaining the ordeal of his missing father. (AN photo)

“That photo went viral on social media and ultimately landed on my mobile, where I instantly recognized the man in the photo as my father,” Arshad told Arab News in the northwestern city of Peshawar, adding that the family was once more renewing its search for Shah thirteen years after his disappearance. Shah, who suffers from hearing loss and urinary problems, will turn 92 this year, his son said.
“After my father had been in the Kingdom for three months, my brother traveled to Saudi Arabia to search for him, but to no avail,” Arshad said. “We left no stone unturned to know his fate. Neither the Pakistani nor the Saudi Arabia embassies had any clue about his whereabouts.”
But Arshad added that after seeing the Arab News photo, he now planned to approach the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad once again to help track his father.
The Saudi embassy in Islamabad did not respond to requests for comment but Mudassir Cheema, a senior official at the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh, told Arab News that Shah’s son had contacted the Pakistani Embassy in Saudi Arabia after seeing the newspaper photo.

Arab News front page on Monday the 12th of August 2019

The photograph was taken by Saudi photographer Saud Almusihij in August this year during an attempt to capture an image he could enter into the Best Hajj Photo competition.
In an interview with Arab News in August, Almusihij said he spotted a police officer approach an elderly man who was suffering in the heat and whose feet were hurting.
“The policeman spoke to the old man, poured water on his head to cool him down, then picked him up and carried him for almost three kilometers,” Almusihij said.
Almusihij knew he had his photo. And when Arshad saw the photo online, he knew his father was still alive.
“I keep the gate of my home ajar and my cell phone on round-the-clock in the hope of receiving good news about my father,” Arshad said.

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A passport copy of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)




A copy of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)




A copy of an air ticket, depicting departure and arrival routes of Said Sarim Shah, the Pakistani who went missing in Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah back in 2006. (AN Photo)

 


PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

Updated 23 October 2019

PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

  • Maryam went to the medical facility to see her father whose platelet count dropped to a drastically low level
  • The party’s information secretary in Punjab claims Maryam undergoing medical checkup herself

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam Sharif, was admitted to the Services Hospital after she met her ailing father at the same medical facility on Wednesday, confirmed Uzma Bokhari, PML-N’s information secretary in Punjab, while talking to Arab News.
“Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s condition is not well and she is undergoing a medical checkup,” Bokhari said. “She will stay at the hospital tonight.”
Maryam had gone to the medical facility to see her father who was shifted there on Monday on the request of his physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, after his platelet count dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Soon after he was shifted to the medical facility, Nawaz Sharif’s blood test was done to see if he was suffering from dengue, but the report was clear.
While his condition was said to have improved after transfusion of platelets, doctors could not diagnose the reason behind the problem.
His daughter, Maryam, was allowed to see her father at the hospital on Wednesday after her party sought special permission for that purpose from the Punjab Home Department.
While the local media initially claimed she was allowed to stay with Sharif for an hour, there was much speculation about the health of the country’s former prime minister after it turned out that she was going to stay at the medical facility for the night.
Reports also indicate that the hospital authorities have summoned specialists from Karachi and Islamabad to examine Nawaz Sharif and diagnose his medical condition.