The Sindh government has announced that it will provide a house to a young woman from Karachi who decided to contravene societal norms by joining the male-dominated profession of driving an auto rickshaw in order to support her family after her father’s untimely death.
Alisha Abdul Jameel, the youngest of her sisters, grew up wanting to fulfil the wishes of her late father Abdul Jameel. A rickshaw driver by trade, Abdul Jameel had no son, and taught his youngest daughter to take charge of her own life.
She lives in a two-room rented house in the Drigh Road area of the city along with an unmarried sister and mother.
After Express News highlighted her plight recently, the Sindh government decided to buy her family a house in Shah Faisal Colony of the metropolis as a gift to “Pakistan’s first female rickshaw driver”.
The 199-yards-house however needs some renovation and repair work. The government has assured that in a few days not only the house but also the property related documents will be handed over to Alisha.
Nawab Ali Wassan, special assistant to chief minister, contacted Alisha and assured her of the provincial government’s all possible assistance on Saturday.
The special assistant said the family will move to their new home in a few days.
The poverty-hit family burst with joy after visiting their new house and thanked the provincial government and Express News for highlighting their financial troubles.