Dear Imran Khan, You Clearly Nailed It!

15 Aug

Lahore never disappoints,” said Alam, as he searched for actual fruits from his cup of Fruit Trifle, at dinner last night.

Alam's Fruit Trifle was fruitless

Alam's Fruit Trifle was fruitless

It’s not even been a month since I moved to Lahore, and it already feels like I have always somewhat been related to this city. Lahore gives me space to breathe, to take my imagination far beyond the limits (and come up with an evil plan to invade Russia… errr… and maybe, maybe Britain too). When one roams around the city, it seems like an endless drive. By now, you might be wondering what the heck has Imran Khan got to do with all of this. Well, practically, nothing. I only wanted to write an introductory paragraph about Lahore, actually. Let’s come to the real thing now.

Yesterday, it was Pakistan’s 65th Independence Day. (Now you might come up with an argument, saying it was 64th. But no, you need to get your logic straight. You already know the facts. Oh well!) We have come a long way since 1947; from government offices in tents, to huge ‘multi-million-dollar’ structures built for nothing but indoor corruption games (which might even involve Cricket sometimes, i.e., Ijaz Butt and company). But there still exist lots of people like you and me, who aren’t there only to watch and let things happen. One such person, is Imran Khan.

Gotta admire Ijaz Butt. He's older than Pakistan itself.

Gotta admire Ijaz Butt. He's older than Pakistan itself.

Now, a lot of people would bring in arguments here too, criticizing Imran Khan’s anti-extremism policies, his political campaigns, etc. But we aren’t exactly discussing politics here. We are discussing humanity.

Imran Khan has already done more than his part for this nation,” emphasized Miss Naila, as she wrapped up her presentation on Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital’s progress, leaving the Lahori bloggers inspired, motivated.

Imran Khan, world's hottest man since 1992.

Imran Khan, world's hottest man since 1992.

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) is a living example that anything can be done when one dedicates oneself for a cause; an example of overflowing love for one’s country and nation.

Yesterday, Badar Khushnood from Google, organized a meetup for Lahori bloggers at SKMCH. As you enter the hospital’s limits, you can clearly notice that it’s not just another conventional Pakistani hospital. The finely designed structure of the building captures your attention at the first glance. When you get inside the building, it gets even better.

Now let me be honest here. I had an impression that I would get to see patients lying around the hospital’s floors, with a dejected look on their faces, unmaintained corridors (and dirty nurses). But the actual case was the opposite. I was highly impressed by the level of maintenance of the hospital, and the eloquence of staff (and air conditioning that left me shivering). Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera along with me, or I would have shared lots of interesting pictures of the interior (hospital’s interior, that is).

We were given a tour of the hospital and its facilities. A representative informed us that everything is done on computers, that a doctor logs every single information about a patient on a computerized network. Another impressive feature is that there are no means of finding out whether a person is paying for his/her treatment or is being sponsored by the hospital and charities (unless you’re a good judge), so every patient is equally treated. Some of us also brought gifts for the cancer patients.

While we were being given a presentation. Photo copyrights, Haris Nadeem.

While we were being given a presentation. Photo copyrights, Haris Nadeem. (I'm the one with striped shirt and dark blue jeans, sitting alone in the second row.)

Later, we gathered inside a classroom where we were given a presentation on SKMCH’s progress, ever since its inception. Running a cancer treatment hospital in a country like Pakistan is certainly a remarkable achievement. According to the figures shown to us by Miss Naila, the institute covers 51% of all its costs, as of now, and the rest relies on donations and Zakaat. We didn’t get to see the figures in detail because we only had time till Iftaar (and everyone was starving). Some smiles were passed, some opinions shared, some points raised, some Samosas eaten; overall, it was an inspirational experience to hang out with Lahori bloggers at SKMCH. Every reader is highly encouraged to donate as much as possible, to help treat the cancer patients.

6 Responses to “Dear Imran Khan, You Clearly Nailed It!”

  1. Shiza August 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM #

    Imran Khan is probably one of the very few dedicated and determined Pakistanis who also have power to bring an relatively significant change. I hope he lives long and continues to help Pakistan become a country we all want to see.

    Job well done.

  2. Syed Zeeshan Ahmed August 16, 2011 at 1:19 AM #

    Brilliant post describing a brilliant event! Really respect Imran bhai! He’s a legend.
    Wish I could have been there too.
    Aadil, next time, Samaosay kam khana :p

    Keep it up 😀

  3. Awais Imran August 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM #

    “Imran Khan has already done more than his part for this nation,”

    Agreed. Even if he doesn’t win any elections, he can still rest assured that he has served his country.

    I hope and pray I gather enough strength to give back to Pakistan once I stand on my own two feet. Abhi toh bus parhai parhai aur parhai. -_-

    Also, you’ve moved to Lahore? BITCH LET’S MEETUP WHEN I’M THERE NEXT TIME.

    • Aadil Aijaz August 16, 2011 at 6:21 PM #

      For sure, sir. We’re going to get married after all!

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