President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi Friday phoned to legendary former World No 1 Squash player Jansher Khan and inquired after his health as the former went through two major spinal stenosis lower and upper operations in Shifa International.
“I’m very thankful to the President of Pakistan who inquired after my health and told me that I can call him in case of any further problem,” Jansher told APP on the phone.
The President asked about his health and current condition and prayed to Almighty Allah for his quick recovery. Jansher Khan went through two spinal stenosis lower and upper operations in Shifa International Hospital Islamabad and is currently under treatment.
“I’m grateful to President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi for showing his concern about my health and certainly I am also thankful to my fans and well-wishers for their prayers during my ailment which according to him gave him strength and courage in recovery.
The government of Pakistan has honored Jansher Khan with two civil awards “Sitara Imtiaz and Hilal Imtiaz” for being World No. 1 for 10 consecutive years. “It was a tough decision to go through surgeries, he said, adding but with the grace of Allah Almighty everything went well. Now he said he felt much encouraged after the President offered me every kind of support.
After the successful operation, Jansher Khan thanked the doctors and the hospital staff who took personal interest in his treatment.
Jansher Khan, who remained unbeaten in his 99 international matches, also thanked the nation, relatives and friends who sent special prayers and messages to him during his treatment. Explaining the reason for undergoing such a major operation, Jansher Khan said for almost one year, he had been suffering from severe back pain while praying, walking and playing squash but kept endeavoring the pain.
He disclosed that after some time the pain went down in the lower legs and the doctors advised him the operation as soon as possible which led him to get admitted at hospital for surgery.
He said, if he had not followed the advice of the doctors and avoided operation it might led to more serious issues including difficulties in walking, back pain and pain in lower legs. “We have very capable and good doctors in Pakistan due to which I preferred to get treatment in the country. “I am feeling very happy and healthy,” Jansher Khan, said, adding, “It was a matter of pride for me to make Pakistan famous in the field of squash for 10 long years.”
“Living at No. 1 for 10-years and working hard day and night to make record titles, I could not take care about my health full time which caused me to have knee and back problems. He also advised young players to keep hard work but not to take minor injuries lightly in order to avoid serious health problems in future.