Fakhr-e-Alam’s ‘Mission Parwaaz’ takes off


Award-winning actor and singer-songwriter Fakhr-e-Alam’s ‘Mission Parwaaz’, a 28-day journey across the globe dedicated to the people of Pakistan, has officially commenced as Alam took off from Clearwater, Florida, Wednesday morning local time.

Alam was initially scheduled to take off on October 6 but due to technical issues in the aircraft, a Pilatus PC 12NG, his journey was delayed by a few days. However, beating Hurricane Micheal, he took off from Clearwater and headed straight to Manchester, New Hampshire where he had a “good lunch and fuel” before landing in Goose Bay, a small ghost town in Canada at 1950 hours local time.

Alam who is actively updating his whereabouts and documenting his journey on social media shared pictures of his flight and journey.

“It was an amazing start to Mission Parwaaz,” he wrote on Facebook, “It was a rough start…weather was very tricky in Florida because of Hurricane Micheal…but as soon as a window was available, I was out of there. Manchester, New Hampshire was a good solid approach…a good lunch and fuel and finally a 4 hours and 37 minutes flight to Goose Bay, Canada.”

Alam further said that he was very grateful for all the support that he has been receiving and requested his fans and followers to pray for his safety.

Sharing the details of his next leg, Alam wrote, “Going to sleep here in Goose Bay Canada. Pakistan, I need your help. Tomorrow 11th Oct is one of the most dangerous leg of this journey. From Goose Bay to Greenland to Iceland…I really need your prayers for this one.”

In a video message, he said that he will be taking off from Goose Bay at 5 am.

Speaking earlier to Pakistan Today, Alam had said that he will take off from Clearwater Florida and will fly to Boston, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, England, Croatia, Egypt, Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Dhaka, Singapore, Australia, Japan and Russia to name a few places, before heading back. The entire trip is expected to be completed in 28 days, given the weather conditions are favourable.

As to why he decided to take up this herculean challenge, Alam had replied, “If I successfully do this, I will be the first Pakistani to do so and will bring Pakistan’s names to the aviation books.”

“The world is currently facing a shortage of pilots and I want to inspire young Pakistanis to take up this profession because the country is full of talented people whose potential has not yet been tapped. I want to encourage the youth in the country to dream big and then follow those dreams.”

Alam continued, “My aim is also to present a positive picture of Pakistan to the world and show them that we are a brave and peace-loving nation and are no less than any other country.”