Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah speaks in the Sindh Assembly while making a policy statement in a file photo.. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has disclosed that an octogenarian who sent a Rs1 million cheque for the coronavirus emergency fund didn’t like the idea of receiving his phone call, considering it a waste of time.

Addressing a Cardiology Symposium at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Shah revealed the contribution he received from an 88-year-old retires person for the Coronavirus Emergency Fund he constituted last year to collect public donations.

“I was in my office and my staff officer came and handed me an envelope containing a cheque for Rs1 million and a letter,” said the CM while speaking at the symposium.

Shah read out the letter which said: “I am a retired person of 88 years. In response to your appeal, I submit a cheque of a humble amount in the face of an unheard and dreadful pandemic, kind regards”.

After reading it, he was touched and immediately picked up the phone to call the generous donor to express my gratitude as his name and contact number was given at the end of the letter.

“When I called him, I got quite an unexpected response from the donor as he told me that I shouldn’t waste my time by calling him, instead he said that I was doing very good job as I should continue doing it,” he said.

He said that there are generous people in Karachi who always were willing to contribute for a cause.

He said the tertiary care hospitals of Karachi deserved support from the people of the city to enable them to provide the best healthcare services to deserving patients.

The CM mentioned the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases that performed primary angioplasties under one roof free of charge.

He said that these public hospitals deserved donations for they serve humanity.