A hotel employee in Gilgit has won acclaim after handing in over $50,000 in cash that had been left behind by a guest. Essa Khan, 51, discovered the money in $100 notes left in the room of a Japanese worker at the Serena Hotel in Gilgit, reported BBC on Tuesday. Essa Khan, who earns about 21,000 rupees a month, said he never considered keeping the money. He has been invited to receive an award from the Punjab Governor for his honesty. My duty with the hotel and my family upbringing teaches me nothing else, he said. Times are hard for everyone, but that doesnt mean we should start stealing and taking things which do not belong to us. The father-of-five said he hoped the incident would help portray his country in a good light. I want people around the world to know that there are many good people in Pakistan - everybody is not a terrorist here. Hotel manager Rajid Uddin told BBC there had been similar instances where lost items had been returned, but none 'on this magnitude. He said the guest had been relieved when the cash was found. He was naturally very worried as he wasnt able to figure out where he had lost the money, he said. Essa Khan said he had already received Rs10,000 award from the hotel, and that Punjab Governor Salman Taseer had congratulated him and invited him to Lahore for a ceremony. Salman Taseer phoned Essa Khan to congratulate. We are really proud of him, he added.