Karachi to give four more ‘panahgah’ centers soon

KARACHI: As part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s initiative, the federal government has identified five places in Karachi to set up as many Panahgahs, where underprivileged and other people from poor segments of society will be provided free food and shelter, in a first such move for the metropolis after more than 100 such centres have already been established in different parts of the country, it emerged on Sunday.

Officials said one of the five Panahgahs had already started functioning in Surjani Town without much media fanfare and formal inauguration while four more centres would be established in different areas.

The federal authorities, they said, had selected low-income neighbourhoods and the residential areas of migrant workers to reach the maximum number of deserving people.

“Apart from Surjani Town, sites have been selected in Korangi, Lyari, New Karachi and Sohrab Goth,” said Naseem ur Rehman, the focal person for the government’s Panagah programme.

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