Shahid Afridi, Imran Khan
Start cricketer Shahid Afridi calls on Imran Khan at the Prime Minister's house in Islamabad on Monday. Image Credit: Social media

Dubai: Pakistan’s legendary cricketer Shahid Afridi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at the PM Office on Monday.

During the meeting, Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi discussed the Imran Khan’s Ehsaas Programme to alleviate poverty in the country and the welfare projects such as shelter homes for the homeles.

“Had a wonderful meeting with ImranKhan and I extended my full support for the PM Shelter Homes project for the deserving people. Also requested for a Cricket Academy for the youth of FATA (former Federally Administrered Tribal Areas) in Pakistan,” tweeted Shahid Afridi.

Afridi, known as Boom Boom Afridi amongst cricket fans for his aggressive cricket systel, told Imran that there a great deal of interest in welfare projects and the private sector can help build shelter homes.

Appreciating the interest of the private sectors, Imran said that the government would encourage and facilitate the private sector to become part of public welfare projects.

The meeting was also attended by Senator Faisal Javed and PM’s Special Advisor Naeem-ul-Haque.

Former captain of Pakistan Cricket Team, Afridi set up a welfare organisation called Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in March 2014. SAF is a non-profit organisation registered in Pakistan, which was coined with the aim to improve the conditions of the most destitute communities of of Pakistan. Today, SAF is a global organisation with its presence in North America, Europe, Middle East including UAE, Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

SAF is working in the remote areas and post-conflict communities in Pakistan. SAF helps vulnerable families meet their basic needs and provide access to better services in areas of health, education and water along with promoting global peace and goodwill message via sports diplomacy initiatives. SAF also recently paid off fines and debts to help release of Pakistani prisoners from Dubai jail.