Dubai police honours Pakistani cab driver for integrity

Published: September 21, 2012
Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan receives an appreciation certificate on returning money found in his taxi. PHOTO: FILE

Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan receives an appreciation certificate on returning money found in his taxi. PHOTO: FILE

A 26-year-old Pakistani-origin cab driver in Dubai was honoured by the emirate’s police for returning a passenger’s briefcase full of cash and jewellery, reported the UAE-based newspaper, The National.

The Dubai Police held a ceremony in honour of Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan, who returned a bag containing 123,700 Saudi riyals and gold jewellery to the police, and presented him with a certificate of appreciation for his honesty and integrity.

Khan found the briefcase in the backseat of his cab last Tuesday.

He had completed his last fare of the day when he decided to pick up a Saudi man from Al Rigga Street in Deira and dropped him off in the Rola district of Sharjah.

“I was just going to refuel my taxi and go home,” said Khan, who works for Dubai’s Metro Taxi.

At the petrol station, while cleaning his cab, he noticed a case tucked behind the driver’s seat. When he checked to see what was inside, he found 123,700 Saudi riyals and gold jewellery.

“I immediately called my company to say a customer had left his bag of valuables in my car and that I was going to the police station to drop it off.”

Khan took the bag and its contents to Qusais police station.

“The officers at the station told me that they would call me when they located the owner of the bag and I’d have to return to verify his identity.”

Less than an hour later, Khan received the call from the station. He returned to find a very relieved Hatem Awad al Anassi, a 30-year-old businessman from Saudi Arabia. “When I got to the station I saw the Saudi gentleman and he was overjoyed to have his valuables returned to him. He thanked me profusely and gave me Dh500 for my trouble.”

Al Anassi said he was blown away when he heard the taxi driver had handed it in.

“This guy is on a limited income, he must really have a clean soul to do such a deed,” al Anassi said.

Khan said the thought of keeping the valuables never crossed his mind.

“This is just the way I was brought up. I’m a much happier person with Dh500 that I earned than Dh120,000 that I didn’t,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.

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  • Shadab
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:55AM

    well done

    Allah bless you for showing honesty



  • mystriousforever
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Wow …. really inspiring…. Pakistan Zindabad


  • Asim
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:03AM

    He is the real Pakistani …….. Proud of you Mr. Khan


  • Raj - USA
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:13AM

    How cheap of this Saudi. Should have rewarded the honest cab driver at least Dh 10,000


  • Arsalaan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Why cannot we hear similar good stories from our own land of pure, instead of arson, looting, killing, terrorism, and blasts, and what-not?


  • Uza Syed
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:41AM


    That’s how a good Pakistani must be and that is how you can win respect & admiration as a Pakistani. Pakistan must be feeling proud of this great son of Pakistan. This is an example of great personal integrity and character. Mr Omar Hayat Ajmal Khan is my hero, I salute him.


  • A real Bloch
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:43AM

    May Allah bless him and give him success in life


  • PTI Mardan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Can we convince this guy to become our PM?Recommend

  • Afzaal Khan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Good show man God bless you


  • S Khan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:03PM

    WE still have man of honor and integrity Bravo Ajmal we are proud of youRecommend

  • Ayesha
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Something very rare…Kudos to this guy for being honest,Allah bless you :)Recommend

  • John B
    Sep 21, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Good for you!


  • Sep 21, 2012 - 12:55PM

    Total Respect!
    This integrity should be part of every Muslim’s life by default. Unfortunately it isn’t and award shows the rarity of character. Thumbs up to Omar!


  • Sep 21, 2012 - 1:03PM

    Hats off to this gentleman.honesty is the best policy.I hope our politicians can learn something worthwhile from this story.


  • Pea Brain
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:06PM

    @RAJ – dude, chill, the Saudi paid him for his trouble and it was NOT a reward. Let’s take the best out of the story. It was a self ‘Less’ act.

    Mr.Khan, you have made me wonder if I could’ve done the same….!


  • Zeeshan
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Commendable work and big applaud for you. Hats off!!


  • Bharat
    Sep 21, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Congratulations Sir, i am sure God will work doubly hard to give you many times over.

    People like you are the hope in this world that all is not lost


  • sana
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:14PM

    @ Arsalaan : bec of the media focus on wrong things n black listing Pakistan in everything ..

    @ as for u dear brother Omar : MashAllah … May Allah b with u


  • Muslim
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:40PM

    “”’m a much happier person with Dh500 that I earned than Dh120,000 that I didn’t,” he added.

    Well Done Bro… i wish self proclaimed leaders & savior of PAKISTAN follow the same….


  • Ed Mal
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Good Job Baray Bhaiyya… really impressed… Masha Allah


  • Faust
    Sep 21, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Nothing more to say but well done Omar.

    It’s nice to see an honest person acknowledged for once.


  • Zaheer
    Sep 21, 2012 - 3:13PM

    I am not any Khan, but i have noticed a lot of Khans in Karachi who are dead honest. I deeply respect this quality of you Pashtoons.

    I love his response especially that he is more happy by doing this.


  • anwar
    Sep 21, 2012 - 3:26PM

    I would much rather they honor my Pakistani drivers icence


  • sohail osman ali
    Sep 21, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan, you must lead a very hard life in Dubai, but truly well done, congratulations for your excellent act of honesty and thank you for making me proud to be Pakistani like you. Hope life for you will always be goodRecommend

  • Sep 21, 2012 - 3:54PM

    I agree pathans are generally more honest than us Punjabis usually .
    this young man has made me to be a proud pakistani.
    well there is still hope for our beautiful country


  • Kanna
    Sep 21, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Good job … You will be a role model for the youth of pakistan.. hope your deeds will bring about changes and infuse good values…. Congrats


  • abc
    Sep 21, 2012 - 4:51PM

    I’m sure Indians will be disappointed to see this news :P


  • dr.tahir rahim mugha
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:00PM

    HOnesty is the Best policy…….I learnd in ma childhood and its proven today.
    Good boY


  • Azi
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Only if we had more people like him, what a nice country it would have been. Thank you Sir.


  • Fahad Raza
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:34PM

    @shahid malik:
    I am not a Punjabi but Sir I wish i was the ET editor who makes sure your comments never get passed. Dispicable..

    Good on you Mr Khan


  • Atif
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:52PM

    @John B

    “Good for you! ”
    what was that?
    You are champion of writing long passages and wasting your time here. Would you please care a little to elaborate you lovely sentence???? hmmm…..


  • Sami
    Sep 21, 2012 - 5:58PM


    Dont know about others but “John B” is pretty disappointed and “BruteForce” has disappeared altogether. :)


  • Indian Hindu
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:07PM

    “This is just the way I was brought up” Nice, You must belong to good family. Good Job Mr. Omar Hayah Ajmal Khan God “Bhagwan ” will give you lot more for this what you have done.


  • muhammad Arif
    Sep 21, 2012 - 6:45PM

    this is the teaching of islam and the way a muslim should act


  • Ali Zaid
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Rejoiced! great work Khan sahbRecommend

  • Abbasi-Khalifah
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:50PM

    Subhanallah – May Allah excepts his good deed and I wish we all muslim should become an honest person like him.


  • Shahrukh Kazmi
    Sep 21, 2012 - 7:54PM

    and here i present you the other side of Pakistani’s…Recommend

  • S.H
    Sep 21, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Dear brother, we are proud of you. The honour and respect you received and brought for the country is worthless.
    May Allah bless you with honour and prosperity.


  • ayesha
    Sep 21, 2012 - 9:38PM

    I often dream about finding bags full of money and gold. I wonder how i ll react if I find it in real.


  • Abbasi
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:57PM

    Mera Khan Bhai, earned DHS 500 in this world and got a mansion in Paradise.
    Made us proud, and may Allah bless you and your parents for teaching you the right things.


  • Mubeen
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Proud of u Khan…Recommend

  • Ajmal
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:25PM

    His middle name is Ajmal. Probably a Pashtoon or original Afghan.


  • Hafiz
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Good job..Allah bless u


  • Humanoids
    Sep 22, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Thats an Ashiq-e-rasool right there!


  • Blithe
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:54AM

    @shahid malik:
    What sort of statement was that ?!????!?

    Racist to say the least!
    Please don’t ruin this moment by getting provincial .


  • Habib ullah
    Sep 22, 2012 - 6:06AM

    A brave act , we the Pakistanis and Muslims , are proud of you


  • Chaigram
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:59AM

    @Raj – USA: Yes Raj, if it was an American or a British cab driver, the Saudi would have rewarded him the 10,000 dirhams!


  • Abid
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:27AM

    Bless you Omar!….may Allah give you more.Recommend

  • Pakboy
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:40AM

    This guy is true pride of Pakistan. I urge Government of Pakistan to honor his honesty and make international role model of youth.


  • nemomil
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:42AM

    What a contrast to these thugs who burn and destroy other people’s property and the hypocrites who inflame these morons, there are pictures of them, they should all be given jail time.


  • khalid
    Sep 22, 2012 - 12:00PM

    I also salute his honesty but we should not forget that in Dubai it is virtually impossible to get away with a crime, the taxi driver would have been traced in matter of few minutes, such level of law and order and good governance also is a detternt to crime here.


  • Kamran China
    Sep 22, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Can the Tribune please send me the contact of this Taxi Driver to my email. I would like to reward him. Peace.


  • rz
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:02PM

    I lost my wallet in MECCA with lesseer money than in this briefcase however a Pakistani construction worker found it and went to all extend to return it to me :-)


  • Han dog
    Sep 22, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Well done!!! We need more of u


  • Masud
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:40PM

    What a good man and a good Muslim!!


  • Hyper Baig
    Sep 23, 2012 - 1:10AM

    Well done boy. Proud of youRecommend

    Sep 23, 2012 - 3:30PM

    Allah bless you for showing honesty


  • Saleem
    Sep 23, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Just a certificate. He should have been given a cash prize as well.


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