BARA: Pakistan former captain Shahid Khan Afridi on Sunday visited his ancestral village Butan Sharif in Khyber tribal district and distributed ration bags among 1,000 deserving people on behalf of Shahid Afridi Foundation.

Speaking to area people and fans during his visit, Shahid Khan Afridi said he felt so peaceful and satisfied after visiting his ancestral village. The former captain said the people of Khyber tribal district, particularly the people of Tirah valley, have faced all the difficulties and challenges bravely and he is confident that the area people will now defeat coronavirus with their resilience and resolve.

Shahid Khan Afridi urged the people of Khyber tribal district to strictly follow the instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) introduced by the Health Department to prevent the spread of the pandemic. He urged the need for joint efforts for progress and prosperity of the country.

“We need to work jointly to build positive image of the country. We are because of our country and we are nothing without our motherland,” the flamboyant all-rounder told his fans and other guests who gathered at the venue in large number to have a sight of their favourite cricketer.

Shahid Afridi said the tribesmen are tied in the bonds of brotherhood which is a binding force to ensure security and prosperity of the region. He said no one can defeat the resolve of the tribal people who are united for the cause of their country.

The former captain urged the tribal elders to make sure that the benefits of the traditional Jirga system reaches the common man. He also urged the need for promotion of education. He particularly told the youth to excel in the field of education as no nation can make progress without education. Shahid Afridi urged the government to prioritise health and education sectors after merger of erstwhile Fata with KP.

Shahid Afridi thanked the security forces, district administration and police for facilitating him during his visit to Khyber district. He also visited the grave of his grandfather and offered Fateha.

The people of the area expressed jubilation over the visit of Shahid Afridi and distribution of ration among deserving people. They said Shahid Afridi is a role model for other sports celebrities to follow.

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