PTI's Gandapur to air-drop gifts on Eid

Besides cash gifts, coupons for sports gear and apparel will also be dropped


Asad Zia June 21, 2017
Ali Amin Gandapur maintains his aim is to spread Eid happiness and he is paying for the gifts out of his own pocket. PHOTO: INP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Revenue Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) K-P South Region President Ali Amin Gandapur has announced an unusual Eid gift distribution programme for his constituents in DI Khan.

Gandapur, who was booked last year for possessing a bottle of Scotch whiskey which he insisted contained honey, announced on his Facebook page that on June 23 flowers and cash gifts (Eidis) will be dropped from a glider plane over DI Khan for the residents.

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Moreover, coupons for “thousands” of prizes for children will also be dropped. Families with these coupons would be able to claim their prizes at the ‘Family and children Eid Milan Party’ in the Town Hall on the third day of Eid, the post read.

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The drop-offs will start from 10am to 12pm in union councils Lahra, Shoor Kot, Dhera Dehat 1, Dera Dehat 2, Deyala and Rata Kulachi. The gift-bearing plane will make a second round from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in union councils 1, 2, 3, 4 and  5, according to another post on Gandapur's official Facebook page.

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Gandapur, who was elected from PK-64, told The Express Tribune that he had decided to distribute Eid gifts among poor people in a different manner. He said his friends would arrange a glider plane for that day from which coupons bearing prize details will be dropped.

“I organise festivals for the locals every year to spread the happiness of Eid,” said Gandapur. “This year we have planned to do something new and special for the people.”

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According to the minister, the prizes would include money, cricket kits, hockey kits, footballs, sports shirts and T-shirts.

He rejected accusations of using government resources for own interest and said he was paying for the whole program.

“This is not zakat or alms for the poor. These are Eid gifts that I’m paying for out of my own pocket,” he clarified.

He further said his motive was not to gain people’s support for the election next year or political point scoring; instead he wanted to spread the joys of Eid.

COMMENTS (3)

Chacha | 4 years ago | Reply Sir.....! im expecting Jack Daniels no.7...cant wait!
BrainBro | 4 years ago | Reply This is the level of PTI and their cohorts.
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