Date
22 October 2017
Ifzal Zaffar (left photo) spotted the would-be suicide named Anan on a crane on a Yau Ma Tei construction site. Photo: Facebook/Ifzal Zaffar, Apple Daily
Ifzal Zaffar (left photo) spotted the would-be suicide named Anan on a crane on a Yau Ma Tei construction site. Photo: Facebook/Ifzal Zaffar, Apple Daily

Pakistani officer talks compatriot out of killing himself

A 20-year-old Pakistani police officer is being hailed as a hero after he talked a compatriot out of committing suicide by jumping from a 20-meter-high crane.

Ifzal Zaffar spotted the would-be suicide named Anan on a construction site shortly after 10 a.m. in Yau Ma Tei on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

Zaffar was instructed by his superiors to assist in the crisis situation.

He used the Pakistani language Urdu to talk to Anan and eventually managed to convince him to climb down.

Anan was taken to hospital.

It was the first time Zaffar had stopped anyone from committing suicide for which he received a commendation from his commander, Cheung Leung-yuk.

Zaffar, belongs to the Yau Ma Tei patrol sub-unit and speaks fluent Cantonese.

He told the media that Anan felt comfortable talking to him because they speak the same language.

Zaffar is a graduate of Project Gemstone which aims to help non-ethnic Chinese police cadets overcome language barriers.

He became the fifth non-Chinese graduate of the program and officially joined the force in April last year.

Cheung said Yau Ma Tei is a diverse community with at least one-third of residents belonging to ethnic minorities.

Having officers like Zaffar benefits law enforcement work when there are fewer language barriers and cultural differences, Cheung said.

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