Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that charitable organizations have assumed the responsibility to provide education and health services to needy people in the country as the State brazenly failed to fulfill its basic obligations towards masses.
Sindh Governor stated this while addressing as the chief guest at the joint fundraiser of the Green Crescent Trust (GCT) and Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) on Saturday night. Leading industrialist Sardar Yasin Malik hosted the fundraising event at his residence.
Prominent sports celebrities Shahid Afridi, Jahangir Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sadiq Mohammad, Sohaib Mohammad, Qamar Ibrahim, Kashif Jawwad and others attended the fundraiser whose memorabilia were also auctioned on the occasion to generate funds for the educational welfare projects of the two charities.
The Sindh Governor also personally announced Rs 500,000 donation for the same cause while saying that had he been a leading businessmen or industrialist of the country like those present among audience of the programme, he would have announced much bigger donation for the noble charitable cause being pursued by the two charities.
“What I have been told here that the Green Crescent Trust and Shahid Afridi Foundation have been striving hard to provide education and health services to thousands of needy families but one should keep in mind that it is basically not the job of these two charities to provide these basic services to needy people in the country. By all means it is the responsibility of the State to provide the same but it has miserably failed to fulfill all such fundamental obligations,” said the governor on the occasion.
He said that provision of education, shelter, and employment to the masses were the basic responsibilities of the State but here in Pakistan these obligations were never fulfilled. “Here the wealth and resources of the State have been plundered while rights of the poor people have also been denied,” he said.
“The ideal State should be the one where you don’t find anyone to offer charitable services if someone starts a welfare school or hospital as has been the case of countries in the Europe especially in its Scandinavian region. Now we have embarked upon the real challenge of establishing such a State here in Pakistan after winning the elections,” he said.
The Governor lamented the situation that so many successive governments had come to power in the country but they failed to establish even a single hospital of such top quality, which could compel people from Europe to get treatment here in Pakistan.
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He said that the present government had launched the health insurance card scheme as each of its beneficiary family would be entitled get health treatment of up to Rs 7,50,000 maximum ceiling.“But the beneficiaries of this scheme would be the families who live below the poverty line as never before they had resources to get proper health treatment in the country,” he said.“While all these families will get proper health services in the country for the first time we need proper hospitals, qualified doctors,
He said that 40 percent of 29,000 students of the GCT’s schools were females despite that all charitable educational institutions of the trust were present in remote and rural parts of Sindh. He said the joint fundraising event had been organized to get an education of at least 6,000 of these children sponsored by the concerned philanthropists and donors among the business community. He said the GCT had also been running water supply projects for 770 plus villages of Thar as soon a number of these water projects would be increased as the number of its beneficiaries would also increase to 2,20,000.
He said that some of the leading top taxpayers of Pakistan also happened to be the patrons and donors of GCT whose services were also duly being recognized in the fundraiser.
Shahid Afridi said that pathetic and alarming situation in the public health and education sectors had compelled him to start working for the greater humanitarian cause for the countrymen as for him it was high time to pay back to his native land which gave him immense name and fame.
Sardar Yasin Malik said that since the time he became a businessmen he had massively contributed towards the bona fide charitable causes in the country as such charity had enabled him to earn more wealth with passage of time.
Global CEO of SAF Zeeshan Afzal said that Shahid Afridi had started its philanthropic work by establishing a charity hospital in District Kohat on his own ancestral land as so far the hospital had provided health treatment to 1,35,000 needy patients of the surrounding areas including the Kohat city.
Sports legends Jahangir Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed said that it was an honour for them to be associated with the a charity event organized by the two leading charities of Pakistan that had been doing their best to provide basic necessities of life to people as the State could not fulfill its responsibilities in this regard.