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U.S Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale condoles Edhi’s Demise

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: United States ambassador to Pakistan David Hale expressed his grief and sorrow over the sad demise a legendary Human Right activists and head of Edhi Foundation Pakistan.  In his condolence message issued by U.S embassy in Islamabad on Monday U.S. ambassador to Pakistan said that we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Abdul Sattar Edhi. His compassion for humanity was reflected in every aspect of his life’s work. He came from humble beginnings and saw great suffering around him in his youth, and used those lessons to help others.

In the course of more than sixty years of philanthropy, he shaped charitable giving in Pakistan. With his wife Bilquis Edhi, he created the Edhi Foundation, which has provided humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in need, both in Pakistan and abroad. Whether creating the world’s largest ambulance service, providing free and low cost medical care, training nurses, or building rehabilitation and welfare centers throughout the country, Edhi’s life work was devoted to providing assistance and care anywhere there was a need. In the United States, his Foundation gave $100,000 for relief efforts related to Hurricane Katrina. His legacy is his generosity, his humility, and his humanity. His loss will be felt throughout the world. We join the people of Pakistan and the Edhi family in mourning the passing of this great man.

On Sunday the United States National Security Council (NSC) also expressed condolences on the demise of prominent Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. NSC spokesperson Ned Price on Sunday issued a statement mourning the loss of the ‘heroic servant of humanity’. “Abdul Sattar Edhi was one of the world’s great humanitarians, Quoted by Express Tribune.

From the medical clinic he established in Karachi, Pakistan almost 60 years ago, he and his wife Bilquis created a vast network of social services for Pakistan’s most vulnerable, encompassing nursing homes, orphanages, soup kitchens, maternity wards, women’s shelters, rehabilitation centers, and the largest voluntary ambulance fleet in the world.  Even as his foundation’s operations expanded beyond Pakistan’s borders, Edhi still often drove his own ambulance, personally caring for the injured,” read the official press release from the spokesperson’s office.

“Edhi led a life dedicated to serving others, and his determination to provide equal treatment for all–regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, or class–stands as a sharp rebuke to those who would use fear and violence to create divisions. We offer our condolences to Bilquis and their four children, the millions of people around the world whose lives he touched, and to the people of Pakistan, who have lost a heroic servant of humanity, ‎” it added.

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