Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019
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AJK President calls for equal opportunities to orphans,neglected children

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MUZAFFARABAD: AzadJammu and Kashmir (AJK) President, Sardar

Masood Khan has called for theprovision of equal opportunities and enabling environment to

the orphans andneglected children to mould them into responsible citizens of the country.

“Takingcare of those who have lost one or both parents is our collective social andreligious

obligation as it is not the will of Allah that they (orphans) remainneglected or are pushed aside in society,” the President said while addressingat an Iftar reception hosted by him for orphans in the President House inMuzaffarabad. Theevent was attended by AJK Minister for Social Welfare, Mutharama Noreen Arif,Secretary General Pakistan Orphan Care Forum, Nisar Ahmed, Director GeneralAnjuman Faiz-ul- Islam, Professor Niaz Irfan, Director General Orphan CareProgram, Mohammad Irfan Bashir, Secretary General Al-Khidmat Foundation, AftabAlam Advocate and a large number of orphans kids being supported and sponsoredby Pakistan Orphan Care Forum (POCF), an umbrella of orphans- focusednon-governmental organizations.

ThePresident in his speech emphasized that orphans must not feel, alone, abandonedor neglected, and encouraged the children to grab whatever opportunities theyfind to excel in education and to make their way forward in the society. Hesaid wars, social and political conflicts, natural calamities, diseases andaccidents were some of the causes that leave thousands of children orphans andparentless. Peopleof AJK had experienced one such catastrophe back in 2005 that left thousands ofwomen without husbands and thousands of children parentless, Khan recalled. “With so many orphans around us, we can feel the pain of being parentless andthe pang of a child’s grieving for losing his/her parents more than any other,”he went to say. MasoodKhan said that in a Muslim society, an orphan should get care by others at parwith the care one provides to his/her own children by ensuring that all orphansget physical, mental and emotional well-being without any discrimination. Thisis what the noble Quran and traditions of our Holy Prophet (Peace and Blessingof Allah Be Upon Him) teach us, the president said and added that the Holy lifeof our beloved prophet was an example for us who himself was an orphan andtaught us to treat the orphans with kindness and compassion.


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