CM Khattak, air chief launch Alamabad project in Swabi

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SWABI: In a landmark event, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in collaboration with Rashidabad Memorial Welfare Organisation (RMWO) launched a welfare project by the name of ‘Alamabad’ near Swabi on Tuesday.

The mega project has been initiated for the welfare of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in general and for the local populace of Swabi in particular.  KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, along with Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman unveiled the plaque of Alamabad to mark the earth breaking of this project.

The project is in line with the vision of PAF and RMWO to set up model villages throughout the country, by integrating all essential facilities in a well-knit mosaic to ensure a positive beneficial outflow to the needy rural folk, all under one roof. One such successful project, by the name of Rashidabad located near Hyderabad, has already created an everlasting impact on the people of Sindh and is serving the local populace with dignity.

Located near Swabi Interchange, Alamabad has been named after the legendary fighter pilot of PAF former air commodore MM Alam (late).

The project will comprise educational, vocational and health care centres in close proximity, with an aim of alleviating poverty and eliminating illiteracy from the adjacent rural areas of KP. PAF and RMWO have also teamed up to launch a similar project at Quetta with the name of Yunusabad.

RWMO President Air Commodore (retd) Shabbir Ahmed in his speech highlighted the success story of Rashidabad model. RMWO CEO Air Marshal (retd) Qazi Javed also delivered a speech highlighting the salient features of Alamabad project.

Begum Noshaba Wahab, the sister of MM Alam (late), also spoke on the occasion and thanked Pakistan Air Force and the government of KP for paying such a great tribute to the legendary hero of 1965 war.

Speaking on the occasion, the air chief said, “Besides providing an impregnable aerial defence of the country, PAF has always shouldered the responsibility of nation-building.

Addressing the audience, the KP chief minister acknowledged the sincere efforts and personal interest of the air chief in this project.  He further said, “I hope this project would usher in a new era of prosperity and progress in this area. It would not only equip the youth of this area with technical expertise but also open new vistas of social development and educational betterment”.

He also lauded the selfless contribution of the people of this area for donating one thousand kanals of land for the project.

Two documentaries were also shown on the occasion. The first one portrayed the life of MM Alam, whereas the second one highlighted the contributions of Rashidabad Welfare Project in interior Sindh.

KP assembly speaker, provincial ministers, MPAs and high ranking civil and defence officers also attended the ceremony.