Courtesy Digital Journal, August 14, 2012: http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/17977
A phrase “We desire neither reward nor acclaim” written at the ‘about’ page of the website of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) depicts the true picture of its main body, the MQM & its founder leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. The life of Mr. Hussain is a true example of “Service to Humanity” as mentioned on the welcome page of KKF’s website & he really proved it by forming this charity organization. While searching for the detail of recent brawl between PTI & PMLN over serious allegations on Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital’s administration I accidentally reached at KKF’s website. I personally didn’t like dragging a noble charity organization like SKMH into dirty politics, but this all business prompted me to look deeper inside affairs of KKF, a scandal-free institution.
This is not the first time a social & welfare organization has been targeted for political mileage, Imran Khan’s Shoukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMH) has came in lime light when N-League’s Khuwaja Asif alleged its administration to use public’s donation into real state gambling in Middle East. It has erupted an endless brawl & debate between the leaders, workers & supporters of PMLN & PTI in media. In the past several other charitable organizations had had been tried to malign like Edhi Foundation & Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation (KKF) for ulterior motives, specifically the later one faced intense campaign against it being a wing of Mutahidda Qoumi Movement, the MQM.
The foundation stone of KKF was laid down by the founder & leader of MQM, Mr. Altaf Hussain himself in 1978. Initially known as Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee (KKC) later transformed into KKF in January 1998, had had started charitable works even before the formation of the main body, i.e. MQM in the shape of the educational assistance to the poor & needy students & the initial donation was contributed by Mr. Hussain himself & his companions out of their pocket money & remuneration for the tuition given to other students. In the same period KKF distributed record breaking amount of foods, clothing & medical aid goods among the dispossessed stranded Pakistanis & set up medical camps.
KKF has a long history of humanitarian services, routine monthly financial assistance to the poor & needy people, annual distribution of goods in the holy month of Ramadan for poor & needy, assistance to orphan girls for marriages & dowries, free medical assistance & medications round the year, quality education for the needy children with the help of the SUN Charity UK/USA, free legal assistance to the victims of the state repression under the banner of Legal Aid Committee, in case of disasters setting up of relief camps throughout the affected areas equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities & shipping of the relief goods worth millions of rupees for the victims.
While going through the facts one wouldn’t believe that it wasn’t other then KKF who for the first time in the history of the country had set-up a “Muft Bazar” (free market) for the poor & the needy where the commodities were totally free of cost. KKF has a well organized Ambulance & Coffin carrier service, mobile dispensaries & field hospitals. It also setup medical aid camps during the month of Moharram. KKF have many achievements on its credit, relief works for the earthquake victims of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, Azad Kashmir & other areas, relief works for the flood victims throughout the country, relief work for the victims of bomb blasts & other tragedies etc.
KKF’s service to humanity has not only been appreciated within the country but also got international recognition. The Consul General of Malaysia Mr. Muhammad Khalid Abdul Razzaq visited the office of KKF & appreciated their services. He also donated to KKF. Vice Consul General Japan Mr. Hikita Tsuyoshi visited KKF & appreciated their work. World famous Pakistani Cricket Super Star Shahid Khan Afridi also visited KKF’s office and appreciated its diligent efforts to serve the nation. Pakistan’s National Hero & Nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan visited Nazeer Hussain University, a project of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation & applauds its formation & the services of KKF.
The above are some of the example of KKF’s services & its recognition. We should learn to appreciate those who are serving the humanity instead of dragging them into politics to malign their image.