Salute to a ‘Man Indeed’:
Serving Environment, his Deceased Mother and the Motherland
There are great men in every nation that build its foundations unshakably strong through their virtuous deeds. Living nations owe them a lot and pay tribute to such men in acknowledgement of their great performance. Pakistani nation is no exception to it. Abdul khaliq, 55, the proud son of late Adalat Khan is a case in point.
A resident of House No. 37-B, Street No.76, Sector G-6-1/1, Islamabad is serving the environment, his dead mother and the motherland all at the same time through a passion of his that he developed four years back.
He has grown 250 plants in his street all alone and takes care of them single handedly.
Talking to INFN he shared his inspiration by saying, “I have been working in Pak PWD as Electrician in grade 6 and my salary after a service of 26 years has reached Rs 15000. My mother’s death a couple of years back became inspiration for me as I was unable to take care of her in the way I should have done during her life time. I thought of a way by which my surroundings, my deceased mother and the motherland can all benefit. Then I started growing plants in my house as I recalled that my mother had once planted a rose in the small yard of my house. To make her soul happy, I planted nearly a dozen plants in my house. Then the passion grew in intensity and today I have planted more than 250 plants in my street.”
When asked by INFN regarding the response he meets from his children he shared, “My children, two boys and two girls who are all studying and I have to bear the expenses of their studies were reluctant to support this costly hobby of mine. However, they changed their minds too after they got to know about the noble purpose for which I am doing all this.”
“Every month I plan to save some money from my income and on weekends I visit the nurseries myself in search of plants and buy the ones I like. I love to see the plants grow in size and I feel they are smiling for me when colorful flowers bloom on these plants,” he said smilingly.
“Few years back there was a huge waste bin placed by the CDA right next to my door. I got it removed by sending repeated applications and finally replaced it with a charming flower-bed. The street gives a soothing look to all the residents and I am very glad,” he added.
“I have asked all the people living in my street and those living in the neighboring streets only to put empty pots in front of their houses and I will put fertilized soil in them to grow plants out of my own pocket,” Abdul Khaliq told INFN.
“I do not have any greed or vested interest. I want to see my street, my city and my motherland neat and clean,” he confided.
When asked about any formal training or education of gardening he said laughing, “I have no formal education of gardening. I have read in grade-8 a book about agriculture (Zara’at) and I still remember some information from that book. I got the remaining information from the nurseries that I visit as I ask as many questions as I can and use that knowledge to apply on my plants.”
He did not like to make request to any person or organization as he seems to be a one-man-army. However, Capital Development Authority should provide at least free plants to him in order to keep the slogan of Islamabad the beautiful forever alive.