The great Khan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

ASMA HUS­SAIN MORIO A per­son who does not con­trib­ute his part in ap­peas­ing cries of his other fel­low men, is even­tu­ally for­got­ten, soon af­ter his death. This con­tri­bu­tion can be in the form es­tab­lish­ing a school or univer­sity, hos­pi­tal or dis­pen­saries, run­ning an or­phan­age or an NGO or even by writ­ing down a good lit­er­ary work. Open­ing of Shaukat Khan­nam Can­cer hos­pi­tal Peshawar is in­deed a com­mend­able work by Chair­man of Pak­istan Tahreek-e-In­saaf, Im­ran khan.

In the cir­cum­stances where health care is a far away dream in Pak­istan, where poor man is di­ag­nosed and treated as per the whims and fan­cies of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, which con­trol the health sec­tor by win­ning over the doc­tors and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als by gift­ing high end cars, im­mense as­sets and for­eign trips. In th­ese cir­cum­stances where health­care has be­come a money mak­ing com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity, open­ing up a state of the art hos­pi­tal to serve the ail­ing hu­man­ity is re­ally a com­mend­able act.

If we vi­su­alise Im­ran Khan’s ef­forts im­par­tially then it can be said that he is the one who is re­ally do­ing his best to les­son the wor­ries of the peo­ple. Shaukat khan­nam memo­rial and can­cer hos­pi­tal La­hore was in­au­gu­rated in 1994 and since then it has be­come the most cred­i­ble and re­silient char­i­ties in Pak­istan. This hos­pi­tal has be­come a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence that pro­vides best health care free of cost to thou­sands of in­di­gent pa­tients. This hos­pi­tal is a char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tion so is funded by friends and well-wish­ers both in­side and out­side Pak­istan.

Be­fore the com­ple­tion of Peshawar, Im­ran Khan re­quested the peo­ple to do­nate money. It is worth men­tion­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing that many tele­vi­sion chan­nels and an­chors aired pro­grammes in which peo­ple were urged to put their share in this great mis­sion. His de­ter­mi­na­tion to make his dream come true must be ap­pre­ci­ated by peo­ple of all strata. Apart from pol­i­tics such works must be done and en­cour­aged. Our all other lead­ers must go be­yond their po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and re­li­gious dif­fer­ences and must con­trib­ute their part in shap­ing the des­tiny of our coun­try and its in­hab­i­tants. What are Im­ran Khan’s mo­tives be­hind es­tab­lish­ing Shukat Khan­nam Can­cer Hos­pi­tal?

Had he opted to re­main in touch with cricket, he could have def­i­nitely earned much more; all com­men­ta­tors, couches and ad­min­is­tra­tion of ICC must be fol­low­ing him but he pre­ferred to quit it and en­gage in a most de­sired so­cial sur­vive for the cause of hu­man­ity. Had he ac­cepted the of­fer of Jmaima and opted to stay with her in Lon­don to look af­ter her busi­ness, he would have been among the rich­est peo­ple of Eng­land. But he aban­doned all luxries and pre­ferred to stay in Pak­istan. His most valu­able as­sets are his sons who are liv­ing in Lon­don and there seems to be hardly any chance that they would come here and set­tle in Pak­istan, but Im­ran Khan made a big sac­ri­fice of all her fam­ily com­forts and en­gaged him­self in the ser­vice of na­tion and the coun­try.

He is fight­ing against cor­rupt politi­cians and the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. He is 64 years old, even then he is strug­gling and fight­ing; for whom he is do­ing all th­ese things? He is de­ter­mined to change this so called demo­cratic sys­tem; for whom? Only for his peo­ple! Let Im­ran Khan be the one who picks the thorns from the road of so­cial re­forms. No doubt he is the Great Khan. —Larkana, Sindh

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