Saudi Bait-ul-Maal paid SR 1.3 million blood money to release Zahir Hussain

Zahir Hussain came to Saudi Arabia on August 2013

In August 2013, Zahir Hussain, 30-year-old Pakistani driver and a father of four went to Saudi Arabia on a working Visa as a driver through an Arabian company.

He planned to earn a good living and support his family but unfortunately, in the same year, his truck collided with a car in Makkah resulting in the death of four people.

SR 1.3 million blood money was been imposed upon him

He was imprisoned in Saudi Arabia and the court established that he was at fault in the accident. The court asked him to pay SR 1.3 million as Blood money.  Blood money is the financial compensation paid to the family of the victim by the offender.

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Zahir’s brother, Pirzada Afridi, talked to a news channel and said the case was forwarded and the Saudi Judge after hearing the case decided that Zahir Hussain can only be released if he will pay compensation to the family.

The judge also requested the families of the deceased to forgive Zahir Hussain but they refused and asked him to pay the blood money or diyyah.

The court finally decided SR 1.3 million ($347,000), according to the article 34/8 of Saudi execution system. People who want to understand the mechanism, blood money is calculated, please refer to Blood Money (diyyah) and its Calculation.

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Zahir’s family is a poor family

Zahir’s family is not a wealthy family who could afford such a large amount of money to pay as compensation and rescue Zahir from the Jail.

As said by his brother, the only income of his family is the monthly scholarship of his Ph.D. study and his elder brother Hidayat Ullah’s salary from a high school and they do not own any commercial or agriculture land.

His brother Afridi said, in 2016 his old parents in spite of their bad health visited Saudi Arabia and requested the affected families in the court to forgive Zahir Hussain as he and his family did not have the strength to arrange a huge amount of money for compensation.

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The Saudi Families have refused to forgive him

Saudi families refused to do so. Afridi said after that, his father’s heart condition and health continued to fall and he died last year due to Cardiac arrest and he is worried that his mother is suffering from the same condition and anything can happen to her at any time.

Afridi requested the Pakistani government to pay the blood money on behalf of Zahir as they are unable to arrange a huge amount of money.

Saudi Bait-ul-Maal paid for his blood money

Seven years after he was jailed for unintentionally killing four people in a 2013 road accident along a Makkah highway, Zahir Hussain Zar Khan, a truck driver, finally returned home to Pakistan on Monday after the Saudi bait-ul-maal social welfare organization paid his blood money last month.

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Zahir did not have any vehicle insurance

According to Saudi law, every vehicle and driver should be insured for at least damage caused to the third party. Third-party insurance in Saudi Arabia covers blood money up to SR 10 million.

If this Driver, Zahir Hussain had valid vehicle insurance, the insurance company would have paid the blood money, But alas! No one is aware of the future happening, everybody has planned something better for themselves.

I should say that every expatriate who is visiting Saudi Arabia, as well as every local citizen, should have valid insurance so that God forbids if they suffer from any hardship, the insurance company can help them.

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Posted by Arab News Pakistan on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Source: Arab News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.