Karachi’s Jamaat-e-Islami chapter launched a new aid campaign on Sunday to support poor people from minority communities affected by ongoing lockouts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKF), a JI charity, has set up a supermarket called ‘Al-Khidmat Blessing Basket’, in Clifton, where poor and needy people from various non-Muslim communities, including Christians, Hindus and Sikhs will be given tokens to shop for important items.
Karachi JI Chair, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, inaugurated the aid initiative, and said the government had completely failed to provide assistance to the needy affected. Southern Regional Secretary of JI, Sufyan Dilawar, Karachi spokesman Zahid Askari, regional councilor Zakir Mehanti and others accompanied Rehman.
Despite the influx of billions of funds, the federal government and Sindh failed to provide assistance to the poor during this difficult time, Rehman said, adding that the JI assistance network had provided assistance to segments of the population that needed it in every nook and cranny. country.
He said only non-governmental charitable organizations were seen as busy with welfare work and providing assistance to people. “But JI, AKF and other NGOs cannot replace the government. This is the fundamental responsibility of the state to provide assistance to the people.”
On that occasion, minority community leaders praised JI’s role in providing assistance to members of their community and said that since the lockup began, JI and its charitable fronts had helped them in difficult times.
A few weeks ago, the AKF helped disinfect mosques, churches, temples and gurdwara in various areas of the city. The move was taken after JI chairman Siraj ul Haq issued a video message directing volunteers and youth activists of his party to protect religious minorities and transgenders affected by lockdowns. JI volunteers also distribute food to poor families in non-Muslim communities affected by lock restrictions.