Senate calls for observing July 8 as ‘Edhi Day’

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ISLAMABAD, July 18 (APP): The Senate on Monday paid rich tribute to late Abdul Sattar Edhi through a unanimously resolution and recommended that July 8, the day on which Mr left the world, may be observed as ‘Edhi Day’ to commemorate his services and encourage the youth to follow his footsteps.

Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq on behalf of whole House moved the resolution in the Senate.

The Senate also expressed deep sorrow on the sad demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi, the national hero and hero of humanity.

“It is a great loss not only to the Pakistani nation but also to the whole world and humanity. May Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace and give the courage to the nation and his family members to bear this irreparable loss,” the resolution said.

This House paid tribute to Mr Edhi for his selfless services to the humanity particularly to the neglected and marginalized segment of society. He was a great legend, ambassador of humanity, a selfless soul who devoted his life for serving the humanity, sheltering orphans and serving helpless people. His countless services to humanity would be remembered forever, it further said.

The resolution said said Abdul Sattar Edhi was a prominent philanthropist, social activist, ascetic and humanitarian. He was the founder and head of the Ehdi Foundation in Pakistan and ran the organization for the better part of six decades.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in 1928 in a small village of Bantva near Joona Garh, Gujrat (India). The seeds of compassion for the suffering humanity were sown were in his soul by his mother’s infirmity. When Edhi
was at the tender age of eleven, his mother became paralysed and later got mentally ill. Young Abdul Sattar devoted himself for looking after all
her needs, cleaning, bathing, changing clothes and feeding.
Even at this early age, he felt personally responsible for taking on the challenge of developing a system of services to reduce human miseries. The task was huge and he had no resources. But it was something that he
had to do even if he had to walk to the streets, if he had to beg for this purpose, the resolution added.

Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan in 1947. In order to earn his living, Abdul Sattar Edhi initially started as peddler, later became a commission agent and selling cloth in the wholesale market in Karachi.

Despite his enormous fame and the vast sums of money that passes through his hands, the resolution said, Edhi adhered to a very simple and modest life style. Although M. Edhi had a traditional Islamic background yet he had an open and progressive mind on a number of sensitive social issues. He strongly supported the notion of working women which can be reflected from the fact that out of total 2,000 paid workers of the Edhi Foundation around 500 are women.