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Sher Khan, a laborer, is carrying this huge log of wood on his back that weighs more than 100kg.

He works at a timber house at Gulrez, Rawalpindi as daily wager and earns around Rs. 200 [$2] per day. He is assisted by another laborer who hoists the log on his back using special techniques and certain angles. It is loaded in such a way that the weight is largely reduced on the back. I, who take pride in my muscles, could not lift it despite trying several times. Don’t try it without learning the technique from Sher Khan or you will break your backbone.

Khan has been carrying such logs for the last 20 years on his back.

Sher Khan wants to cast his vote but he will have to go to Bajaur to exercise this right. His vote is registered there. ‘Whether I cast the vote or not, I will remain a laborer. No politician is going to shed tears for people like us. A poor man has no hope but only from the one who created this world – Allah,’ says Khan.

Today is May 1, Labor Day. While so-called intellectuals like us are talking about this day and the rights of Sher Khan on the social media, he is just loading/unloading logs to ensure he makes $2 at the end of the day.

Photo by Mohammad Shehzad, Islamabad-based writer/researcher/photographer. Email: [email protected]

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