Ahsan Khan's video of homeless man goes viral, Pakistanis shower support

Published: January 9, 2016
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The man was employed within 24 hours after Ahsan posted video. PHOTO: FILE

The man was employed within 24 hours after Ahsan posted video. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: People say a small act of kindness goes a long way and Pakistani actor Ahsan Khan’s generosity proved it to be true. When the actor uploaded a homeless man’s plea on Facebook asking people to help him find employment, little did Ahsan know that his video would soon bring Pakistanis together to find a stranger a job.

The gentleman — whose proficiency in English is remarkable and willingness to work anywhere, admirable — impressed the actor so much that he was compelled to share his video with fans and friends on Facebook.

He tagged a few of his friends and uploaded the 5-minute clip with caption: “A helping hand is no farther than at the end of your sleeve. Plz let me know if any one of you is interested in helping this man”.

A touch of humanity

“Give me a chance, just one week, try me out. I’ll be very grateful. I just need a job. I don’t enjoy what I’m doing. Thank you so much,” the 56-year-old man is seen requesting.

In an interview with The Express Tribune, Ahsan Khan gushed that he could not get over the man. “Even after so much, his spirit is so lively. He is an inspiration for the world. You can see how happy he is in the video.”

With the exception of computers, he says he’s ready to work as an “office assistant, run to and fro for photocopies, handle telephones, anything like that”.

What started out as a plea soon turned out to be a tragic tale of loss and betrayal as the homeless man’s past unfolded in front of the camera. From losing his wife and seven children in a car crash to his brothers cheating him, the man did not hesitate to talk about the tough times he has seen.

Ahsan’s attempt to create buzz among locals soon gained momentum as fans started sharing the video, making it go viral within hours of being uploaded. The man instantly became an internet sensation with people lauding the actor and asking how they could help within their capacity.

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The actor uploaded a status later — overwhelmed by the response and positive feedback — stating that the man had been offered a place to stay.

“People were excited to help, I got calls not only from Pakistan but also overseas, with many asking how they could help,” the actor disclosed.

Hours after the video upload he was hired at Amtech Systems Inc, a welcome which included “warm accommodation”. The video conferencing equipment supplier company proudly tweeted the newest addition to their company:

And thanked Ahsan Khan for “finding a gem”:

Their act of kindness isn’t restricted to the homeless man. The company is planning on extending a helping hand to all unemployed people:

And Ahsan has only just started, he feels that there’s always a story behind everyone, which leads him to interact with every passerby on the street. He shared that he will be uploading another such video soon.

“We are a great nation, I couldn’t believe the staggering response I got, by just uploading one video. We are the greatest nation. Pakistan is not dead, Pakistaniyon ka dil sab sey bara hai,” said the actor.

Faith in humanity restored!

Reader Comments (19)

  • Aakashvaani
    Jan 9, 2016 - 1:36PM

    There are some good people in Pakistan also like Edhiji and this guy.Recommend

  • Mehreen Chandan
    Jan 9, 2016 - 2:23PM

    Hum aik zinda dil kaum hain!

    Remember this and also remember that it is within our reach to help everyone.

    How about a new year’s resolution to do an act of kindness everyday?

    Pakistan Zindabad! Recommend

  • Amna
    Jan 9, 2016 - 4:02PM

    This restores faith in humanityRecommend

  • Zain Abidin
    Jan 9, 2016 - 4:07PM

    Subhan-Allah. Allah (SWT) helps his people in un-imaginable ways. This guy is so resolute and resilient and has kept a sense of humor. We all can learn a lot from this elderly gentlemen. I liked when he said “Too old to rock & roll and too young to die for the country”. Excellent command of English language. Very brave soul, May Allah (SWT) bless him, Ameen. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 9, 2016 - 4:35PM

    Wow…Amazing. Keep up the great work Ahsan Khan & Amtech Systems Inc.Recommend

  • Mehreen Chandan
    Jan 9, 2016 - 5:28PM

    @Aakashvaani: There are millions of good, warm, wonderful people in Pakistan. Just a few bad eggs. Recommend

  • Jan 9, 2016 - 6:13PM

    Great going guys n gals! Great going! Let’s keep it up and see that the man gets healthy, active, and secure. Ameen! Salams Recommend

  • Kamran Azim
    Jan 9, 2016 - 9:26PM

    Good article but please share his name. Loved the man’s positiveness and prayers for all. Amazing and out of this world! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 9, 2016 - 10:56PM

    The next step should be to open an investigation regarding this guys brother.If true a pakistan should start legal proceedings against him.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 10, 2016 - 12:21AM

    Well done Ahsan Khan….well done Amtech Systems…..shame on you GOP.Recommend

  • LEANNE
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:36AM

    This man does not have a job! We have a family acquaintance who is helping him her name is Mary Lou Vanderlowen. I SUGGEST this news agency speak to her if you want information on the welfare of this gentleman. so please correct yourself in saying that he was offered employment and to Amtech systems shame on you for taking credit for something you did not do! Recommend

  • Neighbour
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:44AM

    Good things come to good people! Greetings from the other side. :)Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 10, 2016 - 7:05AM

    Sad sad !!!!!

    Certainly, this man speaks better English than Nawaz Sharif !!!Recommend

  • FO
    Jan 10, 2016 - 9:04AM

    Maybe we should work on homeless shelters that also provide vocational trsining etc so they can perhaps sell things they have made etc.Recommend

  • H65
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:55PM

    @LEANNE:
    You should highlight this all over internet. This needs to be investigated. Recommend

  • mahesh kumar
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:56PM

    He is mahatma great soul living amoung us to teach how to bear sufferings trouble and enjoy the life without complaing. as he said he does not bother what others did right or wrong he let it go and has open eye faith on the master of the universe
    for his existence.we should learn the truth of life from this living great soul that we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out of this world. May god bless every living existenceRecommend

  • Haris Khan
    Jan 10, 2016 - 4:07PM

    Kudos to Ahsan Khan, Amtech and all those who brought this to the lime light…but still we have a long way to go. Dont forget abt all the other viral videos shared earlier ..remeber the guy selling kamar bands? Our country is full of such hidden talents waiting to be discovered and given a helping hand…Recommend

  • Umair Abbasi
    Jan 11, 2016 - 12:50AM

    View this from a different angle. What about other poor people same like him who cant speak English ? Recommend

  • Deepak
    Jan 11, 2016 - 1:42PM

    A heart touching story and more people of Pakistan risinh up to show a great gesture of humanity and civilised response. Making use of social media to generate awareness for educated. Keep the good work Ahsan Khan & Amtech systems.

    Wishes from SwedenRecommend

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