Imran performs groundbreaking of Shaukat Khanum cancer hospital in Karachi

Published: December 29, 2016
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addresses a press conference in Karachi after performing groundbreaking of a cancer hospital in the city on Thursday, December 29, 2016. SCREENGRAB

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addresses a press conference in Karachi after performing groundbreaking of a cancer hospital in the city on Thursday, December 29, 2016. SCREENGRAB

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan addresses a press conference in Karachi after performing groundbreaking of a cancer hospital in the city on Thursday, December 29, 2016. SCREENGRAB Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan boards on a Islamabad-Karachi PIA flight on December 29, 2016. PHOTO: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan performed the groundbreaking of charity-based Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) in Karachi.

Upon its completion, the hospital will be the third of its kind in the country to be established by the cricketer-turned-politician.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

“It was not an easy task to arrange Rs700 million for the cancer hospitals and I had never thought that this journey to establish the cancer hospitals would be so difficult,” Imran said while addressing a gathering after performing the groundbreaking ceremony.

Nine-year-old Waleed Ahmed from Jamshoro, a pediatric patient, laid down the foundation stone of the project.

PHOTO: EXPRESS

Imran lauded and expressed his gratitude to the people of Karachi for generously donating money for the hospital. “The SKMC hospitals are treating 75 per cent of the patients free of cost,” he said.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the third SKMCH and Research Centre in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) City was organised by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. The new hospital will make comprehensive cancer care accessible for low-income patients across Sindh.

Imran Khan to visit Karachi on Dec 29

Last week, PTI deputy information secretary Naeemul Haq said the party’s chairman would also hold party meetings during his two-day visit to Karachi.

On the Panama Papers controversy, Haq said the PTI would accept the decision of the court. He said the party had been looking forward to the 2018 general elections. The PTI has started to formulate a pre-election strategy for contesting on Karachi seats, he added.

The Panama Papers in April this year revealed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three children were among dozens of powerful people who own offshore companies across international tax havens. The revelations whipped up a storm with political parties calling for the Sharif family to be held accountable.

On November 3, the premier denied holding offshore companies in a written response to the Supreme Court on Panamagate petitions. In his reply, the PM said he had declared all his assets in 2013, hence he was not liable for disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • PakPower
    Dec 29, 2016 - 2:09PM

    This is why I am proud to call him my leader. Look at him standing in the boarding queue like an ordinary citizen of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 29, 2016 - 2:14PM

    Look at the picture, Khan standing in queue waiting his turn to board, that’s something. Great going!Recommend

  • DarKnight
    Dec 29, 2016 - 3:46PM

    What a man Imran Khan is. A gem for Pakistan. This guy alone has done so much for the country than the whole goons in power combined. I hope people realize his worth before its too late. No matter what shortcomings he has. He still is way better the thieves, liars, corrupt to the core politician.

    May Allah keep him safe and may he live long enough to serve the country. Recommend

  • waqar
    Dec 29, 2016 - 4:18PM

    he keeps on doing for people on all fronts. Recommend

  • Usman786
    Dec 29, 2016 - 5:24PM

    India making hosp in Jalalabad so that Afghans do not come to Peshawar. Make hosp like 5 star hotels like ThailandRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 29, 2016 - 5:41PM

    He is a great cricketer and a philanthropist but a very bad politician. He uses his humanitarian work to win elections which is immoral and unethical. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Dec 29, 2016 - 5:55PM

    @PakPower:
    I had the experience of Mr. Asad Umer standing behind me at AKURecommend

  • Abdul s kiani
    Dec 29, 2016 - 6:36PM

    Great person all times may Allah help u more Recommend

  • saeed
    Dec 29, 2016 - 6:52PM

    @Allah Daad..When you apply for a job you send your resume and justify that you have what it takes to get the job, so why not we ask people to show us what they have achieved in there life fro Pakistan before applying for the biggest job of the coutny ( PM )..this is IK resume..I will take it any day over resumes of other candidates filled with panama, Hudabia, IJI, Surrey and Swiss accounts..Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 29, 2016 - 8:24PM

    he is simply doing what active sports personalities are doing in several under developed countries with the difference that they are not associating their mothers names with the projects nor collecting charities from the Public. Imran Niazi alias khan should be considered by the United Nations as a representative for the middle and far east war affected countries. he is a desi democrat who prefers to work on streets in preference to the parliaments..

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Hoho
    Dec 29, 2016 - 10:39PM

    @ rex minor sb: all athletes in third world countries do not go on to make world class cancer hospitals that runs on merit and works for the poor. As info IK at one point was the highest donor to SKMT and then obv we have had the entire public generously donating to this wonderful cause.

    You can disagree with his politics but have the heart to appreciate the good hes done in the social sphere.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Dec 30, 2016 - 8:00AM

    @Hoho:

    You can disagree with his politics but have the heart to appreciate the good hes done in the social sphere.

    I am not a politician Sir, but do prefer parliamentarians to debate issues in the parliament and not on the streets. IK might be a fine gentleman and a true patriot but he is also perceived by many outside Pakistan somewhat a narcist and populist.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Anjum
    Dec 30, 2016 - 9:12AM

    Great LeaderRecommend

  • A-One
    Dec 30, 2016 - 9:59AM

    @Rex Minor ‘he is simply doing what active sports personalities are doing in several under developed countries’

    Next time you start a comment with a generalisation, do not expect that readers to find the other portion of your comment worthy of even reading.Recommend

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