PM recommends Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Published: November 29, 2011

Initially suggested former PM Benazir Bhutto but award cannot be given posthumously.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has recommended renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi for a nomination of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

During a meeting with UN secretary-general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Asia Dr Nafis Sadik, Gilani had initially recommended former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for the prize. After Dr Sadik apprised him that the peace prize cannot be conferred posthumously, Gilani nominated renowned social worker Edhi.

The prime minister said that he was personally monitoring the polio eradication campaign and governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, chief ministers and prime minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir were required to regularly submit progress reports. He attributed the increase in polio cases in some areas to the recent floods and cross-border movements. Dr Sadik said there was low prevalence of AIDS in the country but the upward trend was worrisome. She asked Gilani to give prominent media coverage to the AIDS Day being observed on December 1, throughout the world.

Nishan-i-Imtiaz

President Zardari approved the conferment of the Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), upon naval chief Admiral M Asif Sandila, on the prime minister’s advice.

Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) is awarded to officers of the rank of general or equivalent for distinguishing themselves by meritorious service, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 29th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • sajid
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:06PM

    Now this is one of the few good things done by our government.
    Edhi is my hero. I salute you Edhi sahab.
    If the noble peace prize can go to people like obama then I cannot see a reason why someone like Edhi should not get it.

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  • FZ
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:08PM

    Cant think of anyone alive who deserves the Peace prize moreRecommend

  • Ali Tariq
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:18PM

    Allah bless you Sir

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 6:23PM

    This is awesome news.. I pray that Edhi wins the nobel prize ..

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  • Shahid
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Long Live Bhuttoism. Long live people’s rule. A great decision indeed.

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  • Mansoor Ali Shah
    Nov 28, 2011 - 7:05PM

    Now, lets see how Noble the Nobel peace prize committee is!!!

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  • zalim singh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 7:56PM

    nobel peace prize and Pakistanis dont match…

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  • Donga Bonga
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:04PM

    ET missed out the word “finally” from the heading. It should read: “Finally, Gilani nominates Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize”

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:23PM

    @zalim singh

    Your myopic, narrow-minded, hate-filled ideology does match with discussion about a noble man like Edhi. So, please cease and desist.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:11PM

    It was overdue to be nominated and can be pursued with solid achievements his organization gained over a long period of time for the poor and needy. This could have been a shared Peace Prize between Him and his Wife together. Wishing the best to succeed.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:28PM

    If I have to choose one person/couple without a doubt they would be Edhis. He is the living legand and most selfless person/couple. Glad that the democratic govt made one more selection most popular among masses. We all love you our idol Edhi.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:31PM

    In these days when Muslims are becoming famous for their extremist views and actions, Edhis are a shining example of what a Muslim should have been. When it comes to giving examples of great Muslims in recent history there are not many. However, Edhis stand tall among the Titans of the world.

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  • Khurram
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:34PM

    It is the time that the world recognizes his unmitigated dedication to serve the humanity especially those unfortunate whose existence this world has long forgotten. Nobody deserves Nobel Prize more than him.

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  • Parrotsforpeace
    Nov 28, 2011 - 10:07PM

    Would it be possible for this video to be english subtitled in order to reach more people? I still need to learn Urdu, but until then, I would like to know what Edhi is saying.

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  • Freeman
    Nov 28, 2011 - 10:25PM

    @zalim singh: Are you jeolous??? If a Pakistani nobel man wins Nobel Prize.

    Negative Mentality.

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  • Vigilant
    Nov 28, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Great men like Edhi deserve more than Nobel Peace Prize…..

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  • Ahmad
    Nov 28, 2011 - 10:54PM

    @Shahid:
    Excuse me Sir,
    What this news has to do with “Bhuttoism”???

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  • American Desi
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Well deserved nomination and I hope Mr. Edhi is awarded the Nobel for his outstanding contribution to the society without any religious prejudice (which is very hard to come by in Pakistan). Long live Edhi!

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  • haroon
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:37PM

    i have worked with mr abdul sattar edhi in 2005 earthquake and 2010 flood relief in pakistan,he is a gift to pakistan,he is more nobeler than the nobel peace prize,i have mentioned his work on u tube ‘haroon noormohomed flood relief 2010′.i am south african and whatever we can do from here to nominate him we will do.

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  • Peace
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:44PM

    He deservs better than crap of Nobel. Best wishes for Mr. Edhi.

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  • Aadersh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:55PM

    No one deserve this more than him…We as a Nation should demand for that…

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  • Aadersh
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:57PM

    @Parrotsforpeace…U can view the English subtitles by clicking “CC Tab”

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  • humanity
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:04AM

    http://www.causes.com/causes/402196-give-the-2010-nobel-prize-to-abdul-sattar-edhi
    plz join this page, if you want to nominate him for nobel prize.

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  • adam
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:07AM

    my request to all the readers of ET is to please join this page for Abdul sattar edhi , Give the 2010 Nobel Prize to Abdul Sattar Edhi on face book.

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  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:24AM

    This will be the best thing ever happened to Pakistan, if Abdul Sattar Edhi gets Nobel Prize,but he is not a Jew or American or European or…………………let us all pray for him & above all Pakistan!!!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:54AM

    Noble Peace Prize is not awarded to Muslims any more.

    Muslims after 9/11 terrorists attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon have been branded as terrorists, how could noble peace prize committee can recommend the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi?

    This is the dilemma which one can not overcome.

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  • Nov 29, 2011 - 2:36AM

    If only we could clone him. One of the most deserving persons for this honour.

    Just hope he doesn’t get penalized for the Nobel because of our own government’s representative boycott of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies for winner.Liu Xiaobo, due to Chinese pressure.

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  • Nov 29, 2011 - 2:55AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:

    Noble Peace Prize is not awarded to Muslims any more.
    Muslims after 9/11 terrorists attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon have been branded as terrorists, how could noble peace prize committee can recommend the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi?

    Sorry to hear about that on your alternate reality earth.

    On our earth, since 9/11

    Shirin Ebadi won Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

    Mohamed El Baradei won Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

    Muhammad Yunus won Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.

    Tawakul Karman, shared with 2 other women, won Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
    This was despite the religious supremacist massacre committed by Anders Breivik whose demands of Norway to be anti-Liberal, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant, but the Norwegians did not subscribe to that ideology of hate.

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  • Mrs K
    Nov 29, 2011 - 3:18AM

    Great news, mashallah. There is a facebook group as well http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4060404550

    sajid:
    Obama should never have gotten the peace prize.I cant think of someone less worthy than Obama.

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  • Falcon
    Nov 29, 2011 - 3:48AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    I think we might be off the mark by making such a bold assumption. Nobel Peace Prize Committee is still made up of human beings who can distinguish between what is genuinely good and bad. I don’t think there would be a human being on earth who would really know about Edhi’s work and ignore to acknowledge or appreciate it.

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  • hiro bachani
    Nov 29, 2011 - 4:28AM

    This is a very good nomination- i would suggest that even India should support this suggestion- I am an Indian but i truly believe that Edhi Saheb is a saintly person and he deserves the highest award- May Allah bless him with more success, resources, and happiness-

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  • Darwin was right
    Nov 29, 2011 - 4:29AM

    He’ll be a worthy successor to Obama.

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  • usman
    Nov 29, 2011 - 5:22AM

    @zalim singh:

    Singh, try relaxsingh.

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  • gp65
    Nov 29, 2011 - 5:31AM

    There is no doubt that Edhi foundation is doing phenomenal work in Pakistan and rightfully they are respected by all Pakistanis. However, countries do not get to nominate recipients for Nobel Prize. It is the prerogative of the Nobel committee alone.

    Gilani is just playing games.

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  • yasar
    Nov 29, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Barak Obama or Cameron or sarkozy. For killings legit libyan government forces.

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  • Bilal
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:10AM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    this is not true, For your information! two Arab Muslim women got nobel awards this years.

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  • waheed ahmad
    Nov 29, 2011 - 11:43AM

    the peole like abdur sattar sab edhi born after hundred years,the history remember them for a long time for their great services .such people are rule models for humanity to bring prosparity,happinessess,peace,harmoney in this world.

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  • AS
    Nov 29, 2011 - 12:04PM

    @zalim singh!! Yes you are right coz, they have given it to Obama Hence decreased “the value” of a Peace Prize. Abdul Sattar Edhi deserves much much much better than just a Noble Peace Prize. huh!

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 29, 2011 - 10:38PM

    He needs a medal and he will win. Love you Edhi and Pakistan.Recommend

  • shazia
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:10AM

    @sajid:
    pls pls pls i beg of everyone to not compare Abdul-Sattar Edhi to Barrak Obama……. there is no comparison.. Absolutely none. plus nobel prize is an award i do not trust…….

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  • shahid hussain
    Nov 30, 2011 - 8:17AM

    I am surprised Gilani put Benazir ahead of Edhi! I also think a man like Edhi is worth a 100 nobel prizes; maybe the nobel peace prize does not deserve Edhi.

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  • Rahat farooki
    Nov 30, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @shahid hussain:
    i totaly agree with you shahid long live Ehdi sahib

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  • Asim Qadri
    Nov 30, 2011 - 2:48PM

    It will an honour for Nobel Committee if they decide to confer Noble prize to Edhi .. Every Pakistani should be all for it.. Well done Gillani.

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  • Hussain
    Nov 30, 2011 - 5:22PM

    Nobel peace prize is ONLY awarded to controversial people ….. since Maulana Edhi is not controversial for almost anyone, i presume he does not stand a chance … Although highly appreciable act by the PM

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  • Dec 2, 2011 - 10:31AM

    i think this is the first good thing which peoples party doing…..

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  • sami
    Dec 4, 2011 - 9:35PM

    @shazia : i was really hoping there was someone except me who would say that nobel prizes arent trustworthy.

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  • Irfan Haqqee
    Dec 10, 2011 - 7:37AM

    Noble Peace Prize lost its value and got tarnished when it was awarded to Obama. They can restore its value and shine by awarding it to A.S.Edhi and his Foundation.

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  • Pakistan's Critique
    Dec 13, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Finally someone recognized this great human being’s enormous efforts for Human Welfare. He was due for this award long time ago.

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  • taseer
    Dec 17, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Well, its very good if adhi sahab gets a nobel prize because nobody is much deserved of this prize than adhi

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