Explore Karachi aims to engage senior citizens recreational activities, provide platform of interaction, health awareness, and to acknowledge their sacrifices to built a batter community. More than eight hundred senior citizens from different regions of Hunza, Gilgit and Chit participated in the event.
The Pak Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization was established in 1960 by some individuals from Hunza and Gilgit migrated to Karachi. The organization was formed with the aim for the upliftment of inhabitants of Gilgit and Hunza migrating to cities for employment and acquiring education. Since her establishment The Pak Hunza Gilgit Hunza Social Welfare organization has provided welfare service to thousands of community. “Explore Karachi” is one of foremost program by TPHGSWO for senior citizens.
In the first half of the event, the senior citizens were taken to the well know aviation museum, Pakistan Air Force Museum and Park. They visited all the major portion of the museum were they bystander air craft’s utilized in wars of 1965, 1971, WW I and WW II like F-86 Sabre, Mirage, F-104 Starfighter, MFI-17 (Mushshak), Antonov An-12, T-6G (Harvard) and Huskie (Helicopter) on display for the general public.
The senior citizens excitedly spend around three hours in PAF visit all other parts of the museum including archive section where the aircraft of Quaid-e-Azam has been displayed and the Shohda gallery.
While beats of Hareep (Traditional dance music of Gilgit Baltistan) echoed the park and the seniors enthusiastically dance with soulful rhythms of hareeps.
Fruits were served to the participants by volunteers.
Prior to living to the second destination of Explore Karachi the participants raised slogan of “Pakistan Zindabad” to express love for homeland Pakistan and to pay tribute to the Martyrs of the country.
As the senior citizens reached Aga Khan Gymkhana, The Ismaili Hunza Band received them by playing tuneful themes.
Chairman of The Pak Hunza Social Welfare Organization, Mola Madad Qizill formally welcomed the senior citizens and presented aims and objectives of the organization and highlighted some recent achievements of TPHGSWO.
The event continued with another startling music segment where celebrated Artists, Fazal Rehman Shireen Sado, Wajahat Soze, Naas Nafees, RJ Zohaib enthralled the participants with their melodic performances.
The senior citizens took part in games and other activities.
While, a free medical screening camp was set for the participant, 3 specialists from Aga Khan University Hospital voluntarily came to attend the camp and attended to over 50 people in three hours. Nurses from different hospitals also volunteered in the medial camp.
Jamal Siddique Member of Provincial Assembly of Sindh (PTI), Social activist Ramzan Natha, Vice president of PPP Karachi division Sardar Ali Khan and Mirbaz Khan (community leader and a retired bureaucrat from Gilgit Baltistan) also joined the Explore Karachi during the second half at Aga Khan Gymkhana spend some quality time with senior citizens and shared their thoughts with senior citizens.
Members of board of advisory of TPHGSWO, Mir Ahmed, Ezzatullah, Mushtaq Ahmed, Khalid Jameel, Adv Amir Ali, Karimullah Rozik and Najeebullah also attend Explore Karachi and kept interacting with senior citizens throughout the day.
The Pak Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization presented token of appreciations to recognize services of individuals and institutions.
Remembering the selfless services of Hakim Ali Khan (Late) a memento was presented to his family. Token of appreciation was presented to Badakshani Volunteers, Ismaili Hunza Band and Gojal Ismaili Students Association Karachi (GISAK).
A Variety of delectable food was served in the lunch including Biryani, Hareesa and Dowdow (Transitional food of GB.
The participants and special guests highly appreciated The Pak Hunza Social Welfare Organization for organizing this exceptional event for senior citizens.
Commenting on the event, Member of Provincial Assembly of Sindh (PTI) Jamal Siddique said, “This community is worldwide known for humanitarian services. Such activities bring peace and harmony in our society and encourage sister communities to take part in healthy activities.” He added.
While, Vice president of PPP Karachi division Sardar Ali Khan underscore some of the high points of The Pak Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization from past and emphasized to expand the operations of the organization to larger segment and pledged financial support to the organization.
Ramzan Natha, social activist from Karachi and Mirbaz Khan (a retired bureaucrat from Gilgit Baltistan) also express their thoughts during the event, they both applauded the initiatives by TPHGSWO for senior citizens particularly.
Giving feedback on “Explore Karachi”, Barkatullah Baig, a participant from Sost Gojal Hunza said, “You (THPHGSWO) has made remarkable effort to assemble seniors citizens in a place away from home and gave them happiness. This made us feel in our native land”. He further added.
Another participant from Aliabad Hunza, Essa Khan said, “This is what happens in a civilized and educated societies where all portion are given equal importance, irrespective of age, gender, class and other gaps and this organization can play a role to preserve the norms and values inherited to us by our ancestors.”
Bibi Jahan, an elderly lady from Hussainabad became emotional when asked to give her feedback about “Explore Karachi”. She said that she visits Karachi every winter, but his was for the first time she has attended this kind of large gathering of senior citizens. She said, “I got this opportunity first time to meet all my relatives at same time here.”
A participant form Chitral, Afzal Khan said that He has never attended any event like this which is exclusively dedicated for senior citizens. Afzal said, “Elderly people are facing several challenges due to the changing pattern of our traditional family system. This sort of activities will bring some hope among the aged people.” He added.
Similarly, all the senior citizen participants applauded the event “Explore Karachi” and solicited the philanthropist to make contributions for The Pak Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization.