Abdul Sattar Edhi remembered on third death annivesary

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LAHORE: Renowned philanthropist and social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi is being remembered on occasion of his third death anniversary, as his legacy lives on.

Edhi founded the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network, starting off with a free dispensary in 1951 which went on for years with donations, raising a platform with 2,400 ambulances and three air ambulances currently stationed across the country.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser paid rich tributes to Abdul Sattar Edhi on the occasion and said helping the underprivileged is not our religious obligation but our social responsibility.

Stating this, he said that the present government was aware of the issues of the underprivileged segments of the society and has created a Division to bring all the social services under one platform, launching Ehsaas and other programs besides allocating substantial funds for the purpose.

Abdul Sattar Edhi’s goodwill services found way to Guinness World Records for running the “largest volunteer ambulance organization”.

The foundation also runs more than 300 welfare centres across the country that operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and clinics for the mentally handicapped.

Edhi received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service in 1986 and was honoured with the Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1989.

The Edhi Foundation also runs eight outpatient hospitals, a child adoption centre and morgues.