Swashbuckling Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi is planning for a T20 match for the purpose of raising funds for over half a million people who are presently displaced as a result of a military operation in the North-Western part of Pakistan. It is reported that over 470,000 people have fled offensive against strongholds of the Taliban and perhaps other militants in the North Wazirstan tribal area on the Afghan Border of Pakistan. Measures were being taken to provide help to those people and Afridi stepped up and joined to provide aid. He said, “I am in talks with the authorities and will soon announce a Twenty20 match in Lahore to raise funds.”
Afridi spoke about the matter at the launch of his charity foundation which will focus particularly on mothers and internal refugees. He also said that the foundation had set up a 16-bed maternity hospital in remote Tangi Banda village in northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
“I want to return to my country what it has given me and with an aim to serve my people.”
Afridi also admitted that he was inspired from the Pakistani Legendary Cricketer, Imran Khan. A fact to be mentioned here is that Imran Khan is involved in similar activities and runs a cancer hospital in Lahore through charity. In addition to health service, Afridi also stated that his foundation will also work on education and sports to ensure that youngsters are away from the path of extremism.
Afridi said, “The youth in remote areas have no education and so whoever wants to change their mind for their motives can use them for suicide bombings and other negative work. If we educate them then they can be more helpful for the country.”
We wish him best for his foundation and we await for further declarations about the T20 match.