Lahore: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has announced to dispatch relief goods including food and daily use items to the Afghan people at a cost of Rs. 100 million in collaboration with ‘Group Friends of Lahore’ and other welfare organizations. Moreover, the University of Management and Technology (UMT) will offer scholarships to 100 Afghan students and the University of Health Sciences will provide online training to Afghan doctors in various health sectors including the Coronavirus. According to the details, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar was addressing a press conference on Wednesday at the Governor House. Maulana Abdul Sattar of Bait-ul-Salam, Vice-Chancellor of University of Health Sciences, Dr Javed Akram, Group Friends of Lahore’s Mian Ahsan, Ibrahim Murad, Anwar A Khan, SM Pervaiz were present on the occasion.
Addressing a press conference, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that the people of Afghanistan are currently facing many difficulties in terms of health and availability of food. He stressed that it is the moral responsibility of the entire world to go beyond political and personal interests and provide assistance to the Afghan people. He said that we are also sending relief goods to Afghanistan at a cost of Rs. 100 million in the first phase in collaboration with the Friends of Lahore- a group of philanthropists from the business community, adding that we urge the philanthropists across Pakistan to deposit as many donations as possible in the account of Bait-ul-Salam so as to support the Afghan people in this hour of need.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that peace in Afghanistan will benefit not only Pakistan and the region but the whole world and for the establishment of peace in Afghanistan, strengthening the economy and providing basic amenities to the people is essential. He said that Pakistan’s policy regarding Afghanistan is clear. We neither want a government of our choice nor to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
In response to a question, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that if a single person in Afghanistan commits a hate crime, the whole Afghan nation cannot be held responsible, adding that there are people who are against peaceful bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan but we have to foil the plan of such people through our actions and to stand with our Afghan brothers and sisters in the time of crisis. Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that we are helping the Afghan people with the support of the Pak-Afghan Brotherhood, Sarwar Foundation, University of Lahore, Qarshi Foundation, Ghani Group and Vital Group. The spirit with which the philanthropists in Pakistan unite and work for the service of humanity in difficult times is unparalleled in the world, he added. He further said that we provided full support to the Palestinian people in heath and other sectors and we will not leave the Afghan people alone in this difficult time.
Maulana Abdul Sattar of the welfare organization Bait-ul-Salam, while talking on the occasion, said that we also worked for the service of humanity under the leadership of Governor Punjab during the Coronavirus crisis and, today, we are again united for the provision of rations and other aid to the people of Afghanistan, adding that we will continue this service of humanity without any vested interests.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Javed Akram said that as per the direction of Governor Punjab and Chancellor of University of Health Sciences Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, we have started training of Afghan doctors in telemedicine and other medical fields. We will also visit Afghanistan under the leadership of Governor Punjab, he said.