Edhi declines Indian PM Modi's donation
KARACHI: Celebrated humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi on Tuesday, 27th October 2015 declined the offer of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to donate 10 million (Rs. One Crore) Indian rupees to his charity.
"Abdul Sattar Edhi has thanked Mr Modi and politely declined to accept his announced financial help," Edhi Foundation Spokesman Anwar Kazmi said.
Kazmi said Mr Edhi's son, Faisal Edhi, will be addressing a press conference in this regard at 4:30pm at Karachi Press Club, However the reports of press conference not reached so far..
Modi on Monday, 26th October 2015, announced the contribution to the charity after the return of hearing and speech impaired girl Geeta to India same day.
“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs10 million for their foundation,” Modi tweeted.
Found on a train that had crossed the border from India into the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, Geeta remained in Pakistan under the care of the country's largest welfare organisation, the Edhi Foundation in Karachi for more than a decade.
After identifying a family as her own through a picture sent by Indian officials, Geeta finally returned to India on Monday, 26th October 2015 with Mr Edhi's wife Bilquis Edhi.
But in a tragic twist, just hours after arriving in Delhi, she told officials she did not know the family. India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj vowed to find her parents after a DNA test.