22 May | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Shahid Afridi, Jahangir Khan meeting Pakistani leaders, activists in US to raise funds

Pakistan’s sporting greats are in United States to raise funds for Shahid Afridi Foundation to uplift downtrodden communities

Pakistan’s sporting greats Shahid Afridi and Jahangir Khan held a meeting with the Pakistani community leaders and activists during which they underscored need for improving conditions of the country’s underprivileged communities, hit hard by the economic crisis.

Shahid Afridi and Jahangir Khan, the six-time world squash champion, are in the United States to raise funds for the Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF), which is working to uplift the poor and downtrodden strata of the society. Welcoming the two heroes at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan said that Pakistan was the most philanthropic and giving nation on the face of the earth, and Pakistani-Americans are no exception.

Masood Khan
calls Shahid Afridi, Jahangir Khan humanitarian heroes

“I saw Shahid Afridi distributing food in Azad Jammu and Kashmir during the pandemic; his selfless services saved hundreds from starvation during the most challenging time.” He said that Shahid Afridi was the driving force behind the Kashmir Premier League, which faced heavy odds but is now a success story. Paying tribute to Jahangir Khan, the ambassador said that he was a source of inspiration for the nation.

He pointed out that children were named after Jahangir Khan. From sporting heroes, Shahid Afridi and Jahangir Khan have become humanitarian heroes with their selfless services to the people. “We salute them.” On the occasion, Shahid Afridi said that he started his humanitarian activities in 2011 with the establishment of a hospital in his village. The organization has so far established five mobile health hospitals to provide healthcare services to the people of far-flung area.

“Pakistan has given me what I cannot even imagine — so I am trying to do my bit for my people,” he said. He especially lauded the role of Pakistan Army for facilitating him in reaching out to the people living in difficult terrains. Jahangir Khan said that serving the under-privileged in the motherland was a unique honor. With its registered chapters in USA, UK, Australia, and South Africa, the Shahid Afridi Foundation is serving underserved communities in critical areas of education, health, clean drinking water, sports rehabilitation and emergency relief response.

Dr Attique Samdani says SAF supports deserving people in transparent manners

Jahangir Khan appreciated the generous contributions of Pakistani diaspora enabling the foundation to expand the scope of its activities. Dr Attique Samdani, a partner and co-owner of Virginia Cancer Institute, Richmond, and Chair of SAF US chapter, said that the foundation’s services were being provided to the deserving people in a completely transparent manner.

He said that over 20,000 families were currently benefitting from the water filtration plants installed by the foundation, and fourteen girls schools were functioning. Besides provision of education, the families were being provided rations and other necessities of life as an incentive to ensure education of their children.