It is indeed quite commendable that popular all-rounder cricketer Shahid Afridi, on retirement from international cricket, has not sat idle and is working dedicatedly for promotion of health and education throughout the country via his charitable organisation Shahid Afridi Foundation. Shahid Afridi Foundation is setting up health and educational institutions in different parts of the country and inaugurated a school in Lahore the other day which his foundation has helped to establish. The Foundation is also establishing a state-of-the-art hospital in far flung area of Thar in Sindh province.

According to the reports in the media, Shahid Afridi called Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and told him about the plans of his charitable foundation for promotion of education and health. The Chief Minister, while lauding his charitable work through the foundation, presented him a cheque of Rs 50 million on behalf of the provincial government for the hospital in Thar. The Chief Minister said there is strong need for the private sector and the government to work together for the promotion of health, education and other social sectors in the country. Thanking the chief minister for the donation, Shahid Afridi praised his services in areas of health and education and said he wanted to give back to the society which has given him so much love for many years by making health and education his priority areas.

Shahid Khan Afridi, people from various segments of the society are with you in helping your welfare programmes just like they supported former skipper Imran Khan in establishing the country’s first cancer hospital in Lahore.

EM ZED RIFAT,

Lahore, October 18.