Karachi: A fund raising dinner for IDPs of Swat was held at Defence Authority Country & Golf Club on Sunday night. Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan was the chief guest of the function. Commander 5 Corps Lt. Gen Shahid Iqbal also attended the dinner.
The ceremony marked the culmination of DHA’s week long fund raising campaign. DHA during the intensive fund raising campaign collected approx Rs. 30 million from donations, contributions and sale of coupons.
Speaking on the occasion Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan said that mass exodus of population in Swat was a human tragedy of great dimension. He said that IDPs of Swat deserved full support and needed to be treated with sympathy, love and kindness.
The Governor said that vast silent majority of the country supported enlightenment, moderation and tolerance as way of life and rejected obscurantism and extremism. He said that a tiny minority wanted to impose its ideology and way of thinking on others through force and coercion. He said that extremism and militancy would be routed by all ways and means.
Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad said that the nation must support the gallant armed forces engaged in onerous operations in Swat against the militants. He said that the militants would be routed with full national support behind the Army.
Administrator DHA Brig Khalid Tirmizi said that people from all walks of life including 17000 students of DHA educational institutions participated in the campaign with great zeal and enthusiasm. He said that the response of the public to the fund raising campaign was overwhelming. He added that the residents alongwith DHA worked with a great team effort, collective sense of purpose and an enterprising spirit of sacrifice to make the venture a success.
The major contributors and donors were given Awards of Excellence by the Governor. National heroes Islahuddin (Hockey), Zaheer Abbas (Cricket) and Jehangir Khan (Squash) auctioned their signed hockey stick, cricket bat and squash racket respectively and fetched impressive amount for IDPs fund. Some paintings including a rare painting of Gulgee was also auctioned.
Three selected students of DHA Schools/Colleges made eloquent speeches on the topic of IDPs issue. A satire cum comedy stage play, “Taliban in Karachi” was hilarious but very meaningful. An impressive vintage car show with display of cars as old as 1936 models and one used by Quaid-i-Azam was held outside the Convention Hall. The Administrator in his concluding remarks said that optimism, resilience and hope was the galvanizing spirit of the entire fund raising campaign. He said that the donations collected in cash as well as trucks of medicines, rations and essential goods would be dispatched by DHA to IDPs Camps next week.
Source: DHA Karachi