Mehwish Hayat to run UK marathon for schools in Pakistan's Sukkur

Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat says one of the reasons for her to join global charity Penny Appeal is that she will be able to raise funds to rebuild 5 schools in Sukkur city in the Pakistani province of Sindh. (Photo courtesy: Penny Appeal)
Updated 22 August 2019
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Mehwish Hayat to run UK marathon for schools in Pakistan's Sukkur

  • As a brand ambassador for Penny Appeal, Hayat hopes to raise funds for the rehabilitation of educational institutions in the area
  • She will be running 26.2 miles in the London Marathon in April next year

ISLAMABAD: One of Pakistan’s favorite actors, Mehwish Hayat, will be participating in the London Marathon to raise funds for impoverished schools in the Sukkur region of the Sindh province.
Hayat made the announcement in a Twitter post which she shared a few days ago along with a video clip of her interview with the BBC network, explaining her new role with the UK charity group, Penny Appeal, and her goal to raise funds for schools in Pakistan. 
The actress has been in the news of late for sharing her thoughts on the negative portrayal of Pakistan by global film industries, including Bollywood.
It follows an exchange of views between Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and a Pakistani American citizen, Ayesha Malik, at a recent event, the video of which has now gone viral.
Hayat is a recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara-I-Imtiaz – a civilian award which recognizes Pakistanis who have excelled in their respective fields – and was honored with the pride of performance award in Norway a few weeks ago.
As a brand ambassador for Penny Appeal, she will be using her new role to help rebuild five schools for 900 children.
Penny Appeal, which is an Islamic Charity group, is functional in more than 30 countries and provides aid to people in war-torn and impoverished circumstances. Hayat will be collaborating with them for the “Run for Pakistan” initiative, with the website accepting donations for the cause now.


PM Khan reaches US on crown prince's special plane

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PM Khan reaches US on crown prince's special plane

  • Khan’s media adviser praises the crown prince for his 'magnanimous' gesture
  • Says the country is respected in the Muslim world and Khan is viewed as a statesman

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s media adviser on Sunday praised the “magnanimous” gesture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who stopped the Pakistani premier from using a commercial airliner to fly to the United States and arranged a special plane for him to go to New York.
“This happens in bilateral relations,” Iftikhar Durrani told Arab News. “Prime Minister Imran Khan went to Saudi Arabia on a commercial flight. It was the magnanimity of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman that he offered a special plane to him for his travel from Saudi Arabia to the United States.”
Durrani added that both leaders were charismatic and liked each other.
“There is a lot in common between the prime minister and the Saudi crown prince,” he continued. “When the Saudi leader visited Islamabad, he said that the Kingdom wanted to work with Pakistan for a while but was waiting for such leadership. So they have a chemistry. They like each other.”
The prime minister’s adviser maintained that Pakistan was respected in the Muslim world and Khan was widely viewed as a statesman.
“This offer of special plan was a good gesture,” he said. “You should also keep in mind that the crown prince is from the royal family and thinks like a king. So he offered the special plane to his guest who arrived on a commercial flight.”
The prime minister arrived in New York on Saturday to participate in the 74th session of United Nations General Assembly where he hopes to bring international attention to the situation in Indian-administered Kashmir after New Delhi’s decision last month to revoke the limited constitutional autonomy for the disputed Himalayan region.
Durrani informed that the PM would take a commercial flight while returning home since “he is always concerned about public money.”