By Bilal Kuchay
A Pakistani biker lover, who stands just two feet ft tall, is planning to build a motorbike his size so he can go on a ride with his “dream girl”.
Muhammad Faisal, 16, from Jamhoria Colony in Karachi, works as a mechanic at his father’s repairing shop.
The tiny teenager has always been passionate about motorbikes but is too short to ride a standard one.
However, Faisal has not lost his hopes.
The bike-lover is unfazed by his short height, instead, he has been honing up his skills at maintenance of motorcycles with the dream of building a mean machine for himself one day.
Faisal says: “I am very fond of bikes particularly the heavy ones. But the problem is I can’t ride one because I’m too short.
“When I sit on the seat of the bike neither my hands reach to the grip of the handle nor do my feet touch the ground.
“I am working very hard to improve my skills and learn properly how to fix the bikes.
“Once I will learn that, my next step would be to work on making a bike for myself, on which I would go for a ride every day with my dream girl.”
Not only his height but his funny disposition had made him a favourite mechanic in the city. People from far and wide come to his specially shop to get their bikes repaired by him.
Because of his growing popularity, the workshop has been witnessing a long queue of waiting for customers every day, manifolding his father Muhammad Sagheer’s income.
The proud father said: “The workers love him here. People are curious to see how this little boy whose feet do not even touch the ground fix their bikes.
“Ever since he has joined our workshop, our business is growing steadily.”
But Faisal was not always a loving child. The little boy was subjected to mockery and neglect by his own parents.
He was adopted by Muhammad Sagheer when he was barely three years old. While Sagheer wanted Faisal to study, he instead became a recluse after no one accepted him in school.
Sagheer said: “I wanted him to study and but the daily mockery had made his life hell. Even his own parents would not look after me.
“After his mother’s death his father Sadiq Ali, a tailor, got married again and has three kids with his second wife.
“He used ridiculed for his height. No one at home would take care of him. I adopted him in 2006 after I found that he was not given the love at home he deserved.
“It was heartbreaking to see him sitting at home all day, not going to school or playing with children in the neighbourhood.”
Sagheer only found his son’s passion in motorbikes when he brought him to his workshop to make him feel happy.
He said: “He had no friends to play with so I brought him to the workshop. Surprisingly, none made his fun here.
“All the workers loved him. They brought him candies and ice-creams.”
A keen observer, Faisal quickly learnt the skills and soon started guiding workers in fixing the issues.
Sagheer said “He is now the boss. He is such a fun to work with. He would crack jokes every time. “The workers love to take directions from him and the day he doesn’t come to the workshop, they get bored.
“I am very happy that he is no more a recluse. He can work and live on his own in my absence.”