Heroic manager dies while rescuing people

Published: December 5, 2016
Muhammad Ilyas Babar

Muhammad Ilyas Babar

KARACHI: Forty-eight-year-old Muhammad Ilyas Babar, who was a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D, lost his life while battling to save the lives of his colleagues and rescuing people during the Regent Plaza Hotel fire incident on Monday.

The deceased was a father of two, Laiba and Bilal, and he was also responsible for the upbringing of two the children of his late brother, who died from a heart attack two months ago. Babar, who was the only bread winner of his family, had three sisters and was also bearing the expenses of his two widowed sisters.

11 killed, 75 injured as fire erupts at Karachi’s Regent Plaza Hotel

Babar was appointed night duty manager at the hotel on November 15 this year, after returning to Karachi from Sudan, and started working in the 11pm till 8am shift. Earlier, Babar had served in different departments of the Pearl Continental Hotel for about 22 years, said his nephew, Zafar Rasheed. He added that Babar went to Sudan for two years but came back due to his 80-year-old mother’s illness, who is suffering from cancer, because there was no one else to look after her.

“He died due to suffocation [because of the fire and smoke],” claimed Rasheed, adding that during the last call he made, Babar said he was unable to breathe or see anything and felt like he was about to faint. The night when the hotel caught fire, Babar called one of his friends to tell him that he has been stuck in the hotel due to the fire and is trying to save people and trying to get out, narrated his brother-in-law, Khalid.

Guests trapped by Regent Plaza’s faulty emergency system

“No one from the hotel staff told us anything, we were informed through the media and some friends,” lamented Khalid.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Student
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:47AM

    May I get any contact details of his family ?Recommend

  • Zafar Sipra
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:55AM

    Died with honor, Salute !Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:58AM

    i highly respect his efforts and courage at the time of fire. but we need to sit back and think. may be efforts to maintain effective fire safety equipment could have prevented alot of this. we celebrate sacrifices of people but i think alive people are better than dead people.Recommend

  • Noman Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Baber is gone. His family has lost the only bread winner. This could be true for other innocent people who lost their lives. There needs to be support mechanism created to deal with this pressing social emergency. A disaster support fund must be created by the government to extend welfare benefits to such victims of unprecedented disasters.

    We should not wait for another disaster to act!Recommend

    Dec 6, 2016 - 1:23PM

    Please email me how we can contact of the family of Ilyas Babar. PLease email me…..Tribune……..I am running a family trust where we support children’s education only…….Recommend

  • Hussain
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:10PM

    Very unfortunate. As mentioned by others, can we have contact details of the family or a bank account number we can transfer money to? The only bread winner in the family and care taker of others as well, we need to helpRecommend

  • os
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:13PM

    PPP led Sind government has unlimited funds for so called VIPs and sending overseas to their leader but zero to maintain fire department…..corruption is killing this country!Recommend

  • Sbajwa
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:16PM

    He was my cousins husband.true hero .gem of a person very kind hearted n ready to help othrrs.he helped to raised 2 v close families aftr theirs fathers death .mother condition is v bad .shes crying my brave son left me .she lost 2 sons in 2 months .Allah is with them.Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:18PM

    Please Govt of Pakistan , Do Something for his family , People need care especially those who sacrifice their life for unknown to them , Salute to this Brave men , RESPECT !!! Recommend

  • Jalbani Baloch
    Dec 6, 2016 - 3:34PM

    The Government of Pakistan should make insurance mandatory for all citizens, so that in cause of accidents leading to permanent injuries or fatal death, bereaved families can be able to get some amount, as an immediate relief. The Govt. may also look for some other support mechanism to deal with such calamities.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Dec 6, 2016 - 4:03PM

    The hotel management should pay hefty severance to the deceased and take up education expenses for the kids till they graduate. It is the least they can do for the brave man.Recommend

  • boomerang
    Dec 6, 2016 - 4:15PM

    He is an immature brat, nothing else. Looked up his profile, he is a kid.Recommend

  • Salman
    Dec 6, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Salute to him. God gives courage to his and others families to bear loss of their beloved in the accident. We need to train our human resources as what to do in fire times. I am sure the hotel had done not a single time the mock exercise to deal with the situation. BAD.Recommend

  • M A Mahmood
    Dec 6, 2016 - 8:21PM

    A real heroRecommend

  • S.F.Hasan
    Dec 7, 2016 - 2:14PM

    Please also share with me the contact details for the family. Either email address or mobile number to get in touch with anyone who can connect with the bereaved. Recommend

  • Farrukh
    Dec 8, 2016 - 11:21AM

    Can someone email me his family contact detailes to help.

  • shazia babar
    Jan 1, 2017 - 6:53PM

    its a great loss for mee and for my kids and familyRecommend

  • shazia babar
    Jan 1, 2017 - 10:20PM


  • shazia babar
    Jan 1, 2017 - 10:21PM

    thanks Recommend

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