In an extraordinary display of humility and a testament to the dignity of all forms of labor, Bahauddin Zakariya University's Vice Chancellor, Mr Mansoor Akbar Kundi, has taken on a new role days before his scheduled retirement.
The distinguished academic, also renowned for his literary accomplishments, was seen driving an auto-rickshaw on the streets of Multan in a viral video that has taken social media by storm.
Mr Kundi's decision to become an auto-rickshaw driver was motivated by a desire to send a powerful message to the people of Pakistan.
He expressed that there should be no shame or hesitation in any job, regardless of one's stature or position in society. He emphasized this as he prepared to step down from his esteemed role at the university, revealing that the institution does not provide pensions for its employees.
Facing the ongoing economic challenges in the country, Mr. Kundi, who has previously served as the Vice Chancellor of both Bahauddin Zakariya University and Gomal University, as well as being a member of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) executive board, recognized the growing financial struggles many Pakistanis are confronting.
His decision to embrace the life of an auto-rickshaw driver is a symbol of solidarity with those who work tirelessly to make ends meet.
Mr. Kundi's illustrious career includes his retirement from Balochistan University in 2015, where he held the prestigious position of grade 22. However, his recent choice to trade his office for the driver's seat of an auto-rickshaw has undoubtedly won him admiration and respect from all corners of society.
As Pakistan grapples with economic hardships, Mr. Kundi's actions serve as a poignant reminder that every occupation deserves dignity and respect. His humility is an inspiration to all, reminding us that our contributions, regardless of the roles we play, are valuable and worthy of acknowledgment.
In a world where status and prestige often overshadow the significance of honest work, Mr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi's decision to become an auto-rickshaw driver is a shining example of leading by actions rather than words. His message of inclusivity and respect for all professions will undoubtedly resonate for years to come, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of the Pakistani people.