LAHORE - While appealing to all political parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the apex body of traders’ representatives Friday said that they should not make a welfare institution like Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital target of political victimization.
In a meeting of the All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran, central chairman Khawaja Shafiq said that targeting a hospital for political vengeance is highly deplorable on the part of political parties. He said that politicizing against a modern hospital, which is rendering great services to cancer patients, is a condemnable act.
Addressing the meeting, the Central general secretary Naeem Mir said the SKHM is a non-political welfare institution, where millions of cancer patients are getting modern treatment and deserving patients are being treated free of cost. He said the allegations against the hospital perhaps may not as harmful to Imran Khan as these are to cancer patients particularly the deserving patients, who are getting free treatment.
He appealed to all political parties’ leadership to discard such low and negative tactics. He said the mishandling of public sector hospitals and patients has become a routine all over the country, exposing tall claims of all provincial governments.
He said if a welfare institution is rendering invaluable services to cancer patients, it should not be stopped from working. He said that a political party should not target Imran Khan’s established welfare institution for political gain. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is a non-political welfare institution where the deserving patients are being treated free of cost.