On December 18, 2023, Gulf Times got into an exclusive conversation with Zafar Abbas, an exemplary figure, synonymous with compassion and transformative impact in Pakistan, talking about his commitment to uplift the underprivileged, leading the charge at the JDC Foundation, spearheading a staggering 89 welfare projects spanning critical sectors such as rescue operations, healthcare, education, and general welfare in Sindh, Pakistan. Since then, Abbas has continued his upward trajectory, driving positive change and dignity for the less fortunate, with recently being honoured with the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by Governor Sindh Kamran Khan Tessori on Pakistan Day, a recognition that places him among esteemed individuals celebrated for their remarkable contribuions. The Tamgha-e-Imtiaz represents a distinguished accolade bestowed by the state of Pakistan. This prestigious honor is reserved for exceptional civilians whose achievements have left an indelible mark on the nation. Recipients of the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz are recognized for their outstanding contributions across various fields, reflecting the diversity and richness of talent within Pakistan.
From its modest beginnings in Aisha Manzil, Karachi, Pakistan, the JDC Charity Foundation has evolved into a comprehensive organization, responding swiftly to disaster situations and pioneering liberation and rescue management across the province.

This prestigious award stands as a tribute to Abbas's exceptional endeavors in the realm of philanthropy, underscoring his profound impact both locally and internationally. Abbas's dedication and expertise in advancing humanitarian causes through the JDC Foundation have earned him widespread acclaim. His tireless efforts have not only uplifted countless lives but have also brought global attention to Pakistan's philanthropic endeavors.

In a poignant display of humility and meritocracy, Zafar Abbas, adorned in the simplest of attire—a humble pair of chappals and a plain T-shirt—became the first Pakistani to be bestowed with this esteemed award. His unassuming appearance served as a powerful testament to his character, embodying the essence of humility amidst accolades.

In the moment of gratitude, as Abbas accepted the prestigious honour, he dedicated it wholeheartedly to the unsung heroes behind the scenes—the flood relief workers and volunteers who had stood by his side in unwavering support of his noble cause. With tears glistening in his eyes, Abbas acknowledged their tireless efforts and selfless dedication, recognizing that it was their unwavering commitment that truly fueled the transformative impact of the JDC. In a world often blinded by individual accolades, Abbas's heartfelt tribute serves as a poignant reminder of the collective strength and spirit of solidarity that underpins every humanitarian endeavor.

Through his visionary leadership Abbas has embarked on a journey of profound impact, touching countless lives in the realms of education and healthcare. His unwavering commitment to societal betterment resonates deeply, transcending the materialistic facade of success. In a world marred by suffering and disparity, Abbas's steadfast dedication to uplifting the underprivileged epitomizes the essence of compassion and empathy, illuminating a path towards a brighter, more equitable future for all.
He has been instrumental in elevating the country's standing and amplifying its humanitarian voice on the world stage, effectively addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by the underprivileged in today's interconnected world.

About JDC Foundation:
JDC foundation has swiftly responded to disaster situations through free rescue and relief services during floods, providing food and shelter in Pakistan. Additionally, their teams had been actively involved in city fire incidents, offering immediate aid. During Covid-19 pandemic, Abbas and his team extended support by providing essential food supplies to those in need. During the floods in Pakistan, in 2022, JDC not only rescued people and provided temporary shelter, but also served meals for almost 2,400,000 victims in four months, answering the call for rescue and need by setting up makeshift tent cities and distributing over 80,000 tents to those affected.