Essa Khan, a cleaner at the Gligit Serna Hotel near Karakoram, India, is being hailed as a national hero after he returned $50,000 in cash left behind by a Japanese NGO worker. Khan found the money in a bag, which was kept in the safe deposit box, while carrying out a routine inspection of the room before another guest arrived.

Talking about the incident, Khan, who has been working at the hotel the past 20 years, said that he was simply doing his job. “I have a responsibility as a human being, as a Pakistani, a Muslim. I never thought about keeping the money,” he said.

The hotel gave Khan a Rs.10,000 reward for his honesty, but remarked that the 50-year-old’s actions deserved wider recognition.

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