By Arif Qureshi
A leading political and social worker Altaf Ahmad Bhat while lauding the Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) said the Trust has done a marvelous job to provide the deserving children with food, education and residence. He said the trust has proved a huge relief for the poor, deserving and hapless people of the society. Altaf Ahmad Bhat said the management of Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) of Chaudhry Akhtar was doing great service to the needy people, and assured to continue his full support to all the endeavors of the foundation in future as well.
Altaf Ahmad Bhat expressed these views while speaking at donor conference titled “An Evening on the Name of Orphans.” organized by Kashmir orphan relief trust (KORT) here at Islamabad. Altaf Ahmad Bhat said that helping the widows & orphans and destitute and providing equal opportunities to make them successful communities was the prime responsibility of affluent members of the society. He said Islam stressed on protecting the rights of orphans including safeguarding of their wealth and property as a religious and social obligation of the believers.
“It is our collective and religious responsibility to take care of the orphans, widows and needy people and provide equal opportunities to make them part of thriving communities,” he added. He lauded the role of those volunteers and individuals who facilitated others through thick and thin.
The institutions such as Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Edhi Foundation of late Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan Sweet Homes of Zamurad Khan and Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) of Chaudhry Akhtar are doing commendable job to facilitate the poor segment of society. Treating orphans with compassion and love in light of the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him), who himself was an orphan, had a great reward in this world and in the life hereafter, Altaf Bhat added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) Chaudhry Akhtar said we are proud of making a meaningful contribution to nation building by developing a comprehensive social program for rehabilitating the most vulnerable members of the society –orphans and abandoned children.
He said it was our duty, both as concerned human beings and as good Muslims, upon whom the Holy Quran enjoins the same care of orphans as of one’s own offspring. Chaudhry Akhtar said that he is fully committed to promote the cause of education and educate the poor children of the country. He asked the wealthy people to contribute their part in this huge task, which would add to the strength of the country in the long-run.
Former Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman appreciated the role of Chaudhry Akhtar and his entire team, saying that Akhtar is doing a great job who should be encouraged to serve the nation and country with more dedication. He said that efforts should be expedited to educate orphan children because they would prove matchless heroes of the country in the days to come.
He stressed that well-off people of the country should come forward and assist Chaudhry Akhtar in this great job. The people of Kashmir and Pakistan are peace loving people and strive to achieve progress and prosperity, he said, warning but no one should consider our this desire as our weakness and no one should caste an evil eye on Pakistan otherwise we will respond to aggression in a befitting manner.
He recalled that the Pakistani Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft in response to unprovoked aggression by India earlier this year, which demonstrates that our security forces are capable to defend the motherland. He congratulated Chaudhry Akhtar and his entire team for contributing to educate the kids of the country amid great care and dedication.
A leading humanitarian and fundraiser Mr. Habib Malik addressing the donor’s conference of KORT said the care of orphans and abandoned children as the nobler cause, the President said it was not just a social responsibility as a human being, but it was something enjoined in the Holy Quran, which repeatedly mentions the Muslims’ responsibilities towards orphans and the destitute.
He said treating orphans with compassion and love in light of the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him), who himself was an orphan, had a great reward in this world and in the life hereafter. “By following the tradition of the Prophet (PBUH), we are answering the highest call for humanity,” the Malik said and added that all those who were involved in this project were blessed by Allah Almighty. The president said that children were the future of Pakistan and their upbringing and education was the collective responsibility.
The Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust (KORT), is a UK Registered Charity, Currently Provides 24/7 Care for Over 160 Children in MIrpur, Azad Kashmir.These Children were Orphaned by Devastating Earthquake in October 2005.The Care the Trust Provides Includes mainstream Education,Food,Clothing,Shelter,and Their General Welfare and Well Being.
Arif Qureshi is editor Islamabad based Diplomatic News Magazine “The Fortress” he can be reached at email@example.com