By Ashrafuddin Pirzada
LANDIKOTAL: President of Shinwari Welfare Organization(SWO) Haji Aslam Shinwari has said that not only the government and other philanthropic organizations must help the poor but rich people at the local level should also come forward and contribute to making life better in the country.
Aslam Shinwari said this while speaking at a first-ever mass-wedding festival conducted by Shinwari Welfare Organization in Landikotal on Sunday.
Aslam Shinwari said he and his cabinet members and all members of the Shinwari Welfare Organization feel proud for conducting marriages of twenty couples who could not afford to get married due to unaffordable prices of home appliances and wedding expenses.
He said SWO in a short time after it was established a few years ago did so much humanitarian work in the country. He said they distributed food packages in Ramazan and help the poor and orphans on Eid days. Shinwari said this year they distributed thousands of saplings and provided financial assistance to poor patients.
Aslam Shinwari said beside government and other humanitarian organizations rich people should also donate to the welfare of those who deserve it.
“The name SWO earned in a short time is just because of sincere contributions and dedication of its members and wellwisher who contributed for humanity”, said Aslam Shinwari.
He said it was the mission of SWO to raise the voice for the poor, unity, and deserving people and help them at the right time. He added that SWO wants a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan. He said they want to work along with the government in education, health, and other sectors.
SWO president pleaded with the rich class citizens to donate for the uplift of their specific localities and help bring up the poor above the poverty line.
Local residents especially civil society and parents of the newlyweds thanked and appreciated SWO for such a noble cause and urged them for helping others in the future.
Hundreds of local residents, SWO central, Peshawar district, and Hangu office bearers and officials attended the mass-wedding party in Lamdikotal.
It may be mentioned here that SWO not only financed all expenses of wedding goods and the joint wedding party(Waleema) that cost a handsome amount but it was the first-ever mass-wedding party arranged in the local history in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Tribal district.