Celebrities are banding together to ask for prayers for comedian Omer Sharif.
The veteran entertainer is unwell and has made a request to Prime Minister Imran Khan to help facilitate his medical treatment abroad. Speaking to ARY, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill said the government would help facilitate his visas and travel abroad and would try to help pay for the surgery he requires.
Sharif's wife also made an appeal for prayers on his Facebook page and said the next 24 hours were very critical. In a followup post, she clarified that they have only asked the government to help facilitate Sharif's travel and visas. "We just wanted to clarify that Omer and his family didn’t ask for any financial assistance from government and any entity," she said.
Soon after, a number of celebrities took to social media to pray for Sharif's health and ask others to do the same.
Actor Mawra Hocane prayed for his health.
Director Nabeel Qureshi also sent prayers Sharif's way.
"I love you Umer Sharif bhai," wrote actor Hira Mani.
“May God give health and strength. You are the heart of Pakistan. God always keeps people who spread joy safe. May God fix you right up, that is my prayer.”
Actor Zarnish Khan said she was proud of the prime minister for taking notice. “[Omer Sharif] is a legend and has served Pakistan more than we can imagine; he deserve the support of the government of Pakistan. May God give him health and a long life.”
Actor Ahsan Khan wished Sharif health and a speedy recovery.
Singer Shuja Haider called Sharif a star whose glow can be seen by the whole world. He called for prayers for Sharif, whom he described as someone who has made Pakistan's name shine.
Actor Aiman Khan shared Haider's post with an "Ameen".
Model and actor Omer Shahzad wished him good health and a long life.