KARACHI: As the first death anniversary of celebrated humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi is being observed today, a campaign spearheaded by ARY Network for 8th July to be officially declared as ‘National Charity Day’ is touching a chord with political leaders and civil rights campaigners among other advocates of the service of humanity.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan acknowledged the ARY Network’s campaign to declare July 8 as National Charity Day to in remembrance of the work of the iconic social worker and called on the government to officially declare it.
Khan said, “I appreciate ARY News for spearheading the campaign. The people who stand for and serve humanity should be widely acclaimed. This is a great effort on the part of the news channel to pay a tribute to the nobleman.”
Going down the memory lane, Khan said, “when he started welfare work, it was immensely difficult to collect donations. First big donation for Shaukat Khanam Memorial Cancer Hospital came from Edhi Sahib. He would never forget his donating Rs 100,000 in Dubai for the hospital.”
Whereas, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s spouse Tehmina Durrani too endorsed the attributing this day to the late philanthropist and said she has written to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif requesting him to declare July 8 ‘Youm -e-Edhi Bano’ so that nation can indulge in welfare work on this day to do at least one good deed.
Apart from them, people from all walks of life, including lawyers, civil society members and Showbiz stars have been endorsing and partaking in the campaign.