Fakhre Alam has embarked on a journey to become the first Pakistani to circumnavigate the globe on an airplane and he was well on his way.
The former singer/TV host set off on his journey from Florida, USA on October 10 and has made touchdowns in multiple cities, including Manchester (New Hampshire, USA), Goose Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), Narsarsuaq (Greenland). He's aiming to go around the world in 28 days. But now he has met with some turbulence.
Through friend and actor Faysal Qureshi, Alam announced today that he had been detained in Russia and made a plea for assistance.
Said Alam, "I am being detained at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport because my visa expired 2 hours and date changed. They are forcing me to turn back to Japan. I cannot go to Japan because I had single entry visa."
He added his plea saying, "I appeal to the Pakistani government to request the Russian government to allow me to continue my journey to Alaska. I don't want to give up Mission Parwaaz. I need Pakistan's support to carry on our flag to finish this."
The message has started making rounds on social media, with fans and supporters sharing the message to get it to the authorities. It has reached the right people so far as Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalil Ullah sends his response, confirming that assistance is being provided.
Update: The Foreign Office intervened to facilitate the processing of a fresh visa for Alam, who is now continuing his mission to circumnavigate the globe.
Alam had earlier told Images that he wants to dedicate this flight "to the brave nation of Pakistan that has made countless sacrifices for [the fight] against dark and evil forces. I want the world to know we are a resilient and peace loving nation and we want to contribute to the global community for progress and prosperity."