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Meet Pakistani who helped Indian students in Ukraine

Meet Pakistani who helped Indian students in Ukraine

Ground Report | New Delhi: Pakistani helped Indian in Ukraine; Thousands of Indian students were trapped in Ukraine after the Russian attack. Their evacuation was a great challenge for India. Students stranded in cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv and Sumy lacked resources and struggled to reach the western border. But in the darkness, troublesome good people come like a ray of light.

Pakistani helped Indian in Ukraine

Nitesh Kumar, the founder of SOS India, transports Indian students trapped in war-torn areas of Ukraine to the western border and is helped by a Pakistani man.

According to a report by, when Nitesh thought about getting Indian students out of Ukraine, he had no idea how it would turn out. Nitesh knew that students needed lots of buses and cars to reach the borders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia or Romania. He spoke to many tour operators to arrange them but was unsuccessful. But Moazam Khan, a Pakistani citizen living in Ukraine, took on the responsibility of helping them with this work.

Ternopil in Ukraine, Moazam said “When I rescued the first group of Indian students, I had no idea the crisis was so huge. However, I soon discovered that my mobile number had gone viral on many Indian Whatsapp groups. After that, I started receiving non-stop phone calls in the middle of the night for rescue operations. And so far I have evacuated 2,500 Indian students.

Russian-Ukrainian war

Moazam came to Ukraine 11 years ago because his older brother is married to a Ukrainian citizen. Originally from the Tarbela cantonment area near Islamabad, Moazam studied civil engineering in Ukraine but later gave up his career as a civil engineer to start a bus tour operator business in Ukraine.

“I was friends with many Indians even before the Russian-Ukrainian war started,” he says. “During these 11 years, I have made many friends at Ternopil National Medical University. Many of them passed out and returned to India. They are still in contact with me and we are good friends.”

Moazam said he had lost count of how many times he had driven Indian students on his buses to the border of those countries. “I didn’t have time to count. The only thing that worried me the most was evacuation. If buses weren’t available, I took private cars or taxis,” he says. “Safety of life was the top priority in my mind. Luckily the Russians never bombed the areas I was driving through,” he adds.

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Recalling an Indian student asking for help in Kyiv in the middle of the night, Khan said: “He was stuck and didn’t know how to reach the border. He was suffering from hypothermia. I called the Red Cross and arranged for his medicine. . He improved and reached Ternopil after four days. I dropped him off at the border safely from where the Indian Embassy took him to India.

When asked if, as a Pakistani, he felt any qualms about helping the Indians given the troubled history between the two nations, Moazam replied, “You must have seen the recent video of the team of Indian female cricket playing with a Pakistani player’s baby. It’s love and humanity. Enmity is all politics, people of both countries love each other.

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