Fawad Khan made his first trip to Peshawar on Wednesday.

The popular film and TV actor and his wife Sadaf attended a tree plantation event, organised by the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Peshawar, where Fawad inaugurated the ceremony and spoke about his long association with SKMCH.

Fawad visited Peshawar with his wife Sadaf in support of Imran Khan's tree plantation drive, Billion Tree Tsunami – Photo courtesy: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre's page
Fawad visited Peshawar with his wife Sadaf in support of Imran Khan's tree plantation drive, Billion Tree Tsunami – Photo courtesy: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre's page

"I have been participating in the fundraising campaigns for Shaukat Khanum Hospital since my childhood. I take great pride in giving back to the community and offer my support for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Peshawar," he said at the event.

Fawad plants a sapling to inaugurate the tree plantation ceremony – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan
Fawad plants a sapling to inaugurate the tree plantation ceremony – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan
Speaking at the event, he said that the legacy of SKMCH has made Pakistan proud – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan
Speaking at the event, he said that the legacy of SKMCH has made Pakistan proud – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan
Fawad obliged his young fans with a selfie session at the event – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan
Fawad obliged his young fans with a selfie session at the event – Photo courtesy Fawad Khan

Will Shah Rukh Khan visit Peshawar?

Speaking to Dawn News after the event, Fawad said that he could convey his fans' wish to see Shah Rukh Khan in Peshawar to the Bollywood actor.

In response to the reporter's request to invite the Bollywood actor to his family hometown, Peshawar, Fawad said, "I go to India for work, and am friends with [Bollywood stars]. I will pass on your message to Shah Rukh Khan if I meet him."

A household heartthrob in Pakistan, Fawad bowled India over when his hit TV serial Humsafar was broadcast on Indian TV channel Zee Zindagi. He made his Bollywood debutopposite Sonam Kapoor in the 2014 Khoobsurat remake, for which he also won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut that year. He has since signed on to two more films, Karan Johar's upcoming Kapoor & Sons and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

According to Times of India, Shah Rukh Khan's father, Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, was born in the Shah Wali Qataal area of Peshawar's famous Qissa Khwani Bazaar, where his entire paternal family continues to live.

Shah Rukh Khan's ancestral home in Peshawar; inset: SRK with his cousin from Peshawar – Photo courtesy rediff.com
Shah Rukh Khan's ancestral home in Peshawar; inset: SRK with his cousin from Peshawar – Photo courtesy rediff.com

Does Fawad want some language lessons?

At the event, Fawad also lamented his inability to speak the Pashto language.

"I wish I could speak Pashto," he shared with Dawn News. "I am unfortunately one of the non-Pushto speaking Pathans. I am a Pathan, but have been living in Lahore."

The popular film actor visited Peshawar for the first time for the event, and also shared his views about the city:

"Peshawar is a peaceful and historic city that people must visit", he said.

Clarification: An earlier version of this story included a misquote, which has been corrected. The error is regretted.

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