By Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan
Islamabad: On the directives of the His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of UAE several institutions and charity organizations including the Red Crescent in collaboration of the Embassy of UAE, Islamabad are hosting series of iftar programmes in the holy month of Ramadan in different place in the country at large scale.
It has been one of the highlights of annual programme in the country of the UAE charity organizations and the Embassy. It serves the underprivileged segments of the society in different places in Pakistan and enables them to rejoice with the true spirits of the holy month of Ramadan. According to a press release by the Embassy, the iftar prgrammes are held in different parts of the country.
These notable organizations have been engaged in different diversified but integrated activities of iftar programmes, including supply of foodstuff, canned meals, and distribution of fresh dates, alms and clothes to orphans children and vulnerable strata of the society for the celebration of upcoming Eid Ul Fitr.
The UAE Ambassador in Islamabad Abdulla Al Basha Al Noauimi distributed a large quantity of fresh and delicious dates among the needy and poor families in the country. At least, 50,000 tons of dates have been distributed across the country as one of the integral part of its ongoing iftar programmes. It was sent by UAE Red Crescent.
A delegation from Khalifa Charity Foundation specially came to Pakistan for the distribution of 20 tons of dates and thousands of flour bags in some districts of Southern Punjab and Balochistan.
Abdulla Al Ghafli the Director of the “UAE project to assist Pakistan” initiated a noble progamme on the eve of holy month of Ramadan. A consignment of 160 tons of flou bags are transported to KPK, to be disseminated to poor families of internally displaced persons in Noth Wazirstan and South Wazirstan in the tribal belt, who were settled in the camps due to a military operations. More than twenty thousand poor families will be benefited from this project.
With the start of Ramadan, the Red Crescent through its camp/branch office situated in Islamabad distributed a month consumed dry food rations to 211 families in the UAE constructed compound i.e. Khalifa City, Manserha districts and also hosted iftar progarmmes in several other districts.
So, far, the iftar programmes were held in orphanages, welfare homes, schools, community centers, special persons, elderly and the last but not the least, deserving people. The UAE organizations have shown great care to patients and pre-medical staff in ply clinic, PIMS in Islamabad, holy family and district hospital in Rawalpindi.