By: Rashid Sami

Help the drought victims of Sindh and Balochistan, Pakistan Televisions organized fund-raisers at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad centers.

Mon Akhtar, Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Tariq Aziz, Humaira, Tauseeq Haider and Huma Mir Were among the hosts. The main event of the fund raiser was the auctions of the kits of famous sportsmen, Shahnaz Sheikh Samiullah, Jehaagir Khan, Jansher and Zaheer Abas. The amount earned was then donated to the Chief Executive’s drought-relief fund.

Tariq Aziz was the most “successful” auctioneer. He sold Jehangir Khan’s racket for Rs. 375,000 and Zaheer Abbas’s bat for Rs. 250,000. He later sold the portrait of the Lahore in fund collection. Aziz even managed to get more transmission time allotted to Lahore by saying that Lahore had contributed a huge amount and deserved more coverage.

Karachi and Islamabad, may be due to the extended time “awarded” to Lahore, were not allowed the open auction time and were subjected to a telephonic pre-auction. Islambad sold Jansher’s squash racket for Rs. 110,000. The total amount gathered through these fund- raisers amounted to Rs. 15 million.

Families, school children and young people participated in the auction and fund collection. A group of artists from Karachi also went to the streets for the collection of funds. There were clippings showing interviews with social workers such as Abdul attar Edhi and Ansar Burney. It was, however, disappointing to note the absence of many

Families, school children and young people participated in the fund-raiser organized by Pakistan Television. A group of artists from Karachi also went out on the streets for the collection of funds.