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His Last Speech — Usman, the Rehri Wala

written by Aon Abbas BuppiManaging Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal

Usman, Speaking to the guests at the Presidency on the World Thallasemia Day

While going through my messages at this hour (morning of 31st May 2019 during Sehri time) I have just received a call from a colleague of mine sharing the news that Usman, The Rehri Wala has, died …….

The story begins in last year November when Rauf Klasra sb sent me an article from one of his friends Mr Nasir Sheikh from Multan who wrote about a young brave 23 year old boy from tehsil Mailsi (District Vehari) who have been fighting for his life with Thallesemia. Usman was the fourth son of his parents and his three brothers had already passed way due to Thallesemia. I had promised Rauf Klasra sb that I will go and visit Mailsi soon.

Finally I went on 21st November, I met this boy Usman (The Rehri Wala). He used to sell popcorns on a Rehri and earn his livelihood through this. So as usual, I asked if I can be of any assistance and he replied that I don’t need anything and can earn enough to have blood transfusion and he also commented that he can afford to have the iron Chelation drug (a necessary medicine given to all thallesemic kids to control the excessive iron in blood due to continuous blood transfusion needed throughout their lives and normally costs RS 150,000 per month). But instead he requested me to arrange this iron Chelation for 300 registered thallesemic kids of Mailsi who can’t afford this medicine. His passion and love for other kids moved me and I decided to set up a Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal Thallesemic center in Mailsi.

After my decision to start this centre, the traditional redtapisim started due to bureaucratic process from the centre which resulted in delay. Every 15 days, he used to call me and inform me about the problems and requesting to start the work quickly, yet the project kept on delaying due to some reason or another. On the other hand, the Tehsil headquarter hospital Mailsi too did not have the blood bank and the required equipment, we thence decided to shift this centre to nearby Vehari district headquarter hospital which was about 40 km away from Mailsi. Usman was not happy about it but willy nilly agreed to it. Last month finally, our vendor gave us a date (1st August) which i informed Usman about it and he was so happy about it.

On 8th May, we celebrated the Thallesemia day in Islamabad and I invited Usman to join us at the Presidency. Usman made his first and the last speech ever and Mr President was so moved by it that he shook his hand with him after the ceremony and encouraged him to keep fighting this disease.

On the way back, he fell ill and could not recover and died on Friday (31st May 2019) an hour back. May his soul rest in peace.

I don’t know why but I feel ashamed for not doing much and fast to setup that Mailsi Thallesemia center so that Usman could have lived to see it and cherished the moments to see all those 300 kids of Mailsi getting their treatment free of cost at their doorstep. I don’t know why I feel very small thinking how brave that boy was who knew that his death is imminent yet he kept on selling pop corns but never begged for himself but for those kids of Mailsi. I salute to his mother who has lost his fourth and the last child.

In someone’s tragedy, you find the purpose of your life. Feeling shattered with the news of his death , but at the same time, I feel the energy that this pop corn boy had, will always show me a way to work for these kids. I can keep on writing about my 7 month association with that boy, yet I think my vocabulary has ran out.


May Allah bless you and put you in the highest places of Jannah. Your last speech will always cherish the corridors of my mind

Aon Abbas Buppi

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Nawaz Sharif Convicted for 5 years

Congratulations Pakistan

It’s been a long hard struggle which truly started with MQM / Altaf Hussain in 2013 and we were handed the Panama papers in 2015 and this movement finally culminated today with the conviction of Nawaz Sharif

Many critics will find it hard to accept that it has been Imran Khan’s commitment and perseverance which has finally led us to this moment of conviction for Nawaz Sharif – IK had promised us a Naya Pakistan and the struggle to unseat these behemoths has not come easy, could you have imagined all this to happen back in 2013 – mashallah Imran Khan delivered on many fronts – true genuine opposition actually strengthens democracy — PTI fought the battle on the streets, but at same time stood back at some extremely critical junctions to allow judiciary to take over and cast the final decision – Justice in our society must remains Supreme

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Pakistani Media Criminally silent for days after ARY event recording tragedy

On 28th April about more than 10 days back – ARY hosted a recording program “Eidi Sab Kay Liyae by Fiza Ali” at Baharia Town Islamabad – during the recording the scaffolding holding the stands collapsed – Many people were injured and I think one lady succumbed to injuries – imagine it’s been over a week not a whimper of a news from any media outlet even #GEO maintained a pin drop silence even against their arch nemesis #ARY

Read the narration of one victim published in The Nation a few days back

I’m the human you left behind in the wreckage at Bahria Enclave

… The “improbable” happened. The stalls beneath us collapsed like a house of cards, through a height roughly the equivalent of two and a half floors. In the first 10 seconds following the incident, we were too dazed to notice anything but the sudden change of scenery in our immediate vicinity; from a stepped structure with seats bolted into it, to flat wreckage on the ground.

It took us a moment to acknowledge our injuries: our bleeding feet, our bruised skin, our misshapen limbs. Our first instinct was to cry out for help to those around us. That was until we realised that everyone around us was struggling through the same wreckage that we were….

I guess Malik Riaz ka paisa Bolta hai – so much for independent media ! This letter by Baharia Town confirms the incident and the videos I have received lends us a shocking reminder of what the people of Pakistan NEVER saw on TV being reported

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Khan taking a short breather during a hectic day in Karachi

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World Dental Federation – Strategy Planning for Optimal Oral Health worldwide

Working hard to develop a future strategy at the World Dental Federation – the goal is to provide Optimal Oral Health to the global population

Many obstacles exist but how to overcome them so that each of the 8+ billion global population either keeps his/her teeth clean or has easy / better access to dental care

CBC Staff Misbehaves with MP’s and local residents

Today at CBC office MPA Samar Ali Khan and his team went to strongly argue for the water supply in this area, There is already a water crisis in the area, to make matters worse CBC has decided to charge an additional Rs 500 from all water tankers coming into the area, taxpayers, who already are paying water tax for “no-water” have the right to protest this

The Additional CEO was very abusive to all attendees including to the MPA, and asked them to immediately leave his offices, all stood their ground, the CFO then scampered off to the CEO’s office claiming that 100’s of people have ransacked his offices, the video will show a normal number of people peacefully arguing the issue of water.

After a few hours of stand-off PTI has decided to launch a stronger protest on Thursday morning 8:30am at CBC offices

If YOU care for water in your area, then make your voice heard, it is not politics but it is about standing for your cause, unless you dont come out, no one will care

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Karachi Water Supply Menace

Water supply is a menace, a constant battle with the crooks from PPP and KW&SB (fully infused with PPP & MQM bhartis) they run this tanker mafia to make millions each day depriving genuine Pakistanis from the basic fundamental rights of water.

Dr Arif Alvi along with Samar Khan and Khurrum Sher Zaman with their entire team who visited Dhabeji and Pipri last week to see the situation there – water supply is “a bit better” from their previous visits but ironically not much of a difference is seen in our areas – because these hydrants siphon off the water well before it reaches the city

To simply shut down these hydrants is not the entire solution as the problem will persist, as previously with efforts of Dr Arif and his team of MP’s they had shut down (via SHC) a few hydrants – but quite immediately more propped up further up the line (like this one) & immediately drove the prices upwards – this vicious cycle shall continue, since the PPP Looters and the Miskeen MQM (despite all their crying wolf & screams) contribute to making themselves millions, help protect this mafia, while depriving Karachiites of their basic human necessity of water.

Its a frustrating issue, but constant highlighting of this corruption is needed – I’m also quite sure naming and shaming will not affect these crooks, but unless the affected come out of their comfort zones and stand up, sadly nothing will happen, we are so comfortable commenting on social media and within our drawing rooms, that we feel we have done our part in the protest…. but my question to all those being deprived of this water –

WE’RE YOU AT THIS PROTEST AT LALABAD HYDRANT? – I GUESS NO … therein sadly lies – one part of the problem

Capri Cinema – A Great Experience

Watched Kong at Capri Cinema #Karachi, it was a top class experience, a huge screen with an amazing surround sound & comfortable seats – tickets were about 300-400 & an affordable concession stand probably making the whole experience more affordable – I think this is where the mass market potential lies – strongly suggest to try this more often.

Lets not forget a few years back, a mob protesting in Karachi against the Blasphemous cartoons published in Netherlands mobbed and burnt this place down, it has taken years to rebuild from scratch but I must say, a job well done

Must admit the songs being played over the PA system brought back some fun fond memories of college days 😆 — only in Pakistan can the crowd yell “once more” and the song is re-played

World Oral Health Day 2017

World Oral Health Day is today – the global focus is to create awareness of the importance of your oral health by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day and have a dental checkup every 6 months

Dr. Arif Alvi pioneered this at the FDI World Dental Federation while he was a councillor there and mashallah this continues – it is estimated that millions of people around the world will be made aware of the importance of brushing and keeping their teeth clean

Billion Tree Tsunami reaches 750 Million Trees & Counting

Billion Tree Tsunami – I remember when people mocked them when they started the four year project – it is now 3/4th done standing at 750 Million trees

Will have ZERO impact on election – as it will ONLY benefit the future generations of the people of KP (Likewise PTI’s focus on Health and Education) – even meeting the requirements of the Bonn Challenge  to reforest the entire world

All these are nowhere near the billions spent for cosmetic projects spent by the so-called economic experts (PML) where our generation and the future generations will have pay-back billions in loans and compounded interest for many many years to come

this is no small feat …. #Proud

Footpath School supported by NA250 Education Team

My mother Samina Alvi distributing clothes to Footpath School children — a school established during the day under the Abdullah shah Ghazi / Bahria Town flyover for local street children

She’s been amazing force along with the amazing volunteers of the NA250 education team on rebuilding many govt schools – her next series of projects is to adopt dilapidated govt hospital / medical centres and allow donors to adopt and run them — connect with her if you would like to pitch In for fixing the education or health infrastructure of the area

All this being done ZERO govt / public money and totally on good faith philanthropy to fix Public Schools and Hospitals
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