PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ( PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that he is planning to open a second Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital.
Addressing an event in Peshawar on Saturday, he said, “When we were building the first Shaukat Khanum, we needed Rs170 million. There was a lot of pressure, hence I decided to quit cricket and focus on the hospital. But the board of directors of Shaukat Khanam Hospital convinced me that if I’ll quit cricket, how we will collect money for the hospital.”
Recalling the 1992 World Cup victory, he said that they won the World Cup because of the motivation to build the hospital. “In the speech, after we won the Cup, my mind was entirely focused on the hospital and I forgot to thank the team members who had put so much effort in the game,” he reminisced.
Imran opened the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore in 1994. His mother, who was a cancer patient, had inspired him to build a hospital solely for treating cancer patients.