PESHAWAR - A literary, cultural and social welfare organisation, Gandhara Hindko Board, has set up a full-fledged Gandhara Welfare Trust to reach out to the poor sections of the society.
The decision to this effect was taken at the Executive Committee meeting of the board which was presided over by the chairman of the organisation and former chief secretary of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi. The participants took a number of decisions keeping in view the mandate of the board that has been working for the preservation and promotion of Hindko language since its launch in 1993 and has to its credit 38 Hindko books.
The General Secretary of the board and in-charge of the Research and Documentation Wing, Mohammad Ziauddin, gave a detailed presentation on the literary, cultural and social welfare work done by the board last year. He said the database of over 3000 members of the board had been prepared. He said the requisite information on the people who had laid down lives at Qissa Khwani on April 23, 1930 had been gathered which would be printed in a book form.
Senior Vice Chairman Associate Prof Dr Adnan Gul said the board had extended cooperation to a non-governmental organisation, Poverty Eradication Initiative (PEI), headed by a philanthropist, Shahid Yousaf that provided support in kind to the deserving families. He said working with PEI was a great experience and that was the reason that the board had decided to set up Gandhara Welfare Trust to help the poor sections of the society. A Hindko researcher and Vice Chancellor of City University Prof Dr Anwaar Fazil Chishti explained the structure of the Gandhara Welfare Trust.
A United States-based cardio-thoracic surgeon from Peshawar, Prof Dr Syed Amjad Hussain, promised all help to the Trust.