Islamabad: A 37-year-old Pakistani-origin doctor, who spent 48 hours saving the lives of victims of Manchester terror attack, was racially abused and called a terrorist after being told to “go back to your country”, media reports said on Monday.
Naveed Yasin, a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, was on his way back to Salford Royal Hospital to continue to help the victims when a middle-aged man pulled up beside him and hurled abuse at him.
He was called a “brown, P*** b******” and a “terrorist” by a thug in a van after spending two days operating on people injured in the blast, the Manchester Evening News reported.
“Go back to your country, you terrorist. We don’t want you people here!,” the man said. “I can’t take away the hatred he had for me because of my skin colour…and the prejudices he had associated with this,” Yasin said.
Yasin was born and brought up in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He lives in Trafford with his wife and two daughters. His great-grandfather moved to Yorkshire from Pakistan in the 1960s.
“Terror attacks don’t discriminate against race or religion but this [the racial abuse] didn’t discriminate either,” he said. Yasin also said that treating the seriously injured victims was incredibly distressing.