140 needy artists’ families get Eid cash packages

Culture Reporter

PESHAWAR: The needy and deserving families of local and Afghan artists were given away Rs700,000 as an Eid cash amount and each family received Rs5,000 to enjoy the upcoming Eid-ul-fitre.

A ceremony was arranged, here Monday on Peshawar Ring Road in which Hunari Tolana Welfare Society, an artist’s body based in Peshawar under the auspices of a private donor distributed cash packages among the needy families of folk artists and musicians.

140 local and Afghan families of folk artists were given away as Eid cash packages at an event here on Monday. Local and Afghan artists attended the function with veteran folk Pashto singer Ahmad Gul Ustad in the chair.

Rashid Khan, noted artist and president of HTWS on the occasion thanked the private donor and asked the provincial culture department to come up with the same gesture so that artists could also enjoy pleasures of the upcoming Eid. He said that KP culture department should take similar steps for the artists’ welfare.

Wagma Bibi, another popular Pashto artist told that she was pleased that widows of the deceased artists received the timely financial assistance. Ustad Ahmad Gul said that the Eid cash packages should trigger our cornered authorities to help out poor and deprived artists and musicians. He added that he was happy over provision of security and financial assistance to Afghan artists who had arrived in Peshawar following the new government in Kabul last year.

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