KARACHI: A Karachi fisherman, Haji Baloch, became a millionaire overnight after catching a staggering 1,600 Shawa fish, a rare and valuable species.
Baloch, a seasoned fisherman with over two decades of experience, was out at sea on a routine fishing expedition when he stumbled upon the unexpected catch. As he pulled in his net, he was amazed to find it teeming with the prized Shawa fish.
“I had never seen anything like it,” Baloch told local media. “I knew that Shawa fish were rare, but I never imagined that I would catch so many of them.”
The Shawa fish, also known as the golden herring fish, is highly sought-after for its saturated fat, which is used in the production of surgical thread. A single Shawa fish can fetch up to Rs100,000 in the market, making Baloch’s catch worth over Rs160 million.
Baloch’s overnight ascent to millionaire status has sent shockwaves through the local fishing community. Many fishermen have been struggling to make ends meet due to declining fish stocks and rising fuel costs. But Baloch’s story has given them hope, showing that even the most ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.
Baloch says he plans to use his newfound wealth to help his family and friends. He also wants to invest in his fishing business and buy a new boat.
“I am grateful to Allah for this blessing,” Baloch said. “I never thought that I would become a millionaire, but now that I have, I want to use my money to help others.”
Baloch’s story is a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the sea and the fortunes it can bestow on those who depend on it for their livelihood. It is also a testament to the power of hard work and perseverance.