SUKKUR: The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Khursheed Ahmed Shah, inaugurated Wednesday afternoon a newly-constructed building of the Pakistan Sweet Home near the deputy commissioner's office in Sukkur.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that after forming its government in 2008, the Pakistan Peoples Party appointed MNA Zamarud Khan as the Baitul Mal managing director, who was responsible for realising Benazir Bhutto's dream of establishing shelter homes for orphans who otherwise were likely to become a tool in the hands of terrorists. "Today, I am happy that due to the coordinated efforts of the people, including politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and others, we have handed over the new building to the orphanage," Shah said.
“I alone was not able to do this job, which is why many people joined hands with me and completed this marvellous building for the little angels," he said, adding that Sukkur District Council Chairperson Aslam Shaikh has been tasked with the responsibility of arranging funds for the smooth running of the Sweet Home.
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"I am hopeful people will keep contributing to this noble cause," Shah added.
Meanwhile, MNA Khan, who is also the patron-in-chief of Pakistan Sweet Home, said he started the mission with one child from Swat. "After that, keeping Shaheed Mohtarma's dream in view, I never looked back," Khan said.
Today, we have around 4,000 boys and girls living in these government-run orphanages across Pakistan, Khan shared. "I feel proud in telling people I have around 3,800 sons and 200 daughters. I love them all more than my only son," Khan said.
One of the children at the shelter home, Sajjad Ali, shared with the audience how he felt after losing his father and how his mother led a miserable life after becoming a widow.
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"When I was brought to Sweet Home in Sukkur, the officials and other orphans gave me a warm welcome, making me feel like a VIP," Ali said, adding that he was surrounded by both motherly affection and fatherly love at the shelter home and was receiving good quality education and other facilities of a modern life.
Groups of children at the shelter home also presented beautiful tableaux to the guests while a group of boys, clad in police uniform, presented a guard of honour to the guests.
Sindh Baitul Mal Director Dr Adnan Majeed and Sukkur Baitul Mal Assistant Director Shabbir Memon were also among the people who spoke on the occasion.
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