KARACHI: To honour humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) proposed on Tuesday to rename University Road and three other spots of the city after him.
KDA director-general Syed Nasir Abbas, in a letter to secretary local government on July 12, proposed four spots to be named after Edhi, that include, a park, two thoroughfares, and the construction of a monument.
Abbas explained that KDA has proposed naming University Road as Abdul Sattar Edhi Road starting from its intersection with MM Alam Road (Super Highway-Airport link road) and leading up to the intersection of Abdullah Haroon Road via NIPA, Hasan Square, Jail Road, Quaid-i-Azam Mazaar, Lines Area Road, Empress Market and Saddar.
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Another thoroughfare, Beach Avenue in KDA Scheme-5, Clifton which starts from Khayban-e-Shamsher and leads up to the KPT Wall in Block-1, Clifton, will be re-named Abdul Sattar Edhi-Avenue.
Abbas told The Express Tribune that Beach Park on Beach Avenue in KDA Scheme 5, Clifton will also be re-named as Abdul Sattar Edhi Beach Park and a monument will be constructed on the Beach Park roundabout. It is one of the busiest spots of the city so it is an appropriate spot for the construction of the monument, he added.
Praising the efforts of Edhi, Abbas said that he left a legacy of charity work. Edhi is a symbol of humanity, who served people without considering their cast or creed, he said.
Earlier, the Defence Housing Authority had also renamed Beach Avenue in DHA Phase VIII after Abdul Sattar Edhi. The five-kilometre-long road extends from Khayban-e-Ittehad to Do Darya.
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A resolution was submitted in the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday to establish a university in Karachi named after Abdul Sattar Edhi with campuses in each divisional headquarter of Sindh.
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"This way we can celebrate Edhi's services forever," said Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Khairunnisa Mughal, submitting the resolution at the Sindh Assembly Secretariat. This House pays tribute to the great humanitarian who worked tirelessly beyond conditions of religion, colour and caste, reads the resolution.
"He dedicated his life for unattended people, especially orphans. To acknowledge such a great personality as a national hero, we demand the Sindh government to establish a university," it states further. Though the assembly is not in session, another resolution was moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional lawmaker Nand Kumar to pay tribute to Edhi.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2016.