Karachi violence: Edhi calls for the army to take over

Published: July 10, 2011
Pakistan's top philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, called for Chief of the Armed Staff Ashfaque Pervaiz Kayani to take over reigns of the country for a "limited period of time."

Pakistan's top philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, called for Chief of the Armed Staff Ashfaque Pervaiz Kayani to take over reigns of the country for a "limited period of time."


Renowned Philanthropist and Social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi has said that the army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani should take charge of the country for a limited period of time. The army can the hand back the government to the people after things settle down. Edhi was addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, regarding the law and order situation of the city, on Saturday.

“The army needs to bring a revolution and end the violence because a revolution brought by the people will cause much bloodshed,” said the philanthropist.

He added that he has started a relief centre in Qasba Colony, through which everyone will be provided with food. “The people in Orangi town are facing starvation, our religious and political parties have not visited them,” said Edhi.

“After the creation of Pakistan the ruling class took hold of the country, which is indifferent to the problems of the poor people. The opposition and the government are two sides of the same coin and there is no difference between them.

The government itself announced that 1.7 million capitalists are not paying their taxes and this is why the country has been economically and socially ruin.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2011.

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  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:34AM

    Edhi is right. We are a country of Muslims who have ruled by the sword for over 1000 years. We need the Army to rule us. No democracy nonsense for us proud Pakistanis.


  • Salam
    Jul 10, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Mr. Edhi has earned the highest respect from the entire Pakistan. His philanthropist generosity is bigger than life. He has always been their to help the needy. May God always Bless Mr Edhi. Mr Edhi,s wisdom is like Gold and he is right. Army needs to be deployed to give freedom to its population and for their security and general wellbeing.


  • Disco Molvi
    Jul 10, 2011 - 9:29PM

    Yet still certain mullahs/molvis accuse Abdul Sattar Edhi of being an ‘Yahood agent’ and claim that his ‘Jhoola service’ advocates and promotes promiscuity. Hypocritically, these very same mullahs/molvis would like to benefit from Mr Edhi’s ambulance service too.


  • Jul 11, 2011 - 4:45PM

    It is not said by Imran khan… Otherwise we see another response on News heading and Comments :)


  • aslam
    Jul 11, 2011 - 5:19PM

    he is social workers and does not know the dynamics of politics so i do not think one take his political opinion seriesly


  • We know
    Jul 11, 2011 - 11:47PM

    @Disco Molvi, Mr Edhi is a great patriot and only Pakistani public knows and appreciates him tremendously. He is a kind generous humanatarian individual and is non political. He believes in peace and humanity. He is like a father figure ready to help the suffering people in this poor country. Anybody that that does not have high regards for Mr Edhi is not a human being and or does not know the kind hearted Mr. Edhi. So love peace, this is no place for your rebellion with the ‘people’s father’. Otherwise you will look like one rebellious teenager and we will feel real sorry for you. May God guide you. Ameen!


  • Jul 12, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Edhi Sir is rite.Because this is political war between
    Political Parties.All the Parties are Lier’s tell to the nation
    Freedom and Kill them.
    We just need to our City’s and People’s of Pakistan.Recommend

  • qaisera
    Jul 12, 2011 - 9:54PM

    we should listen to edhi sahib


  • Wisdom
    Jul 14, 2011 - 6:06AM

    Salute to honorable Edhi Sahib! Edhi Sahib,s words are golden words of wisdom. He is right and we must respectfully listen to him.


  • Atif Ali
    Jul 20, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Even though i have a lot of respect for Mr Edhi’s philanthropic work, i just lost a lot of respect for his political orientation. Does he really think that a revolution is going to solve any of Pakistan’s problems and does the army really need to lead that revolution. From the history of Pakistan that i really, most military dictators have promised a revolution, Ayub with his economic agenda and Zia with his religious one and where has that brought us.


  • goggi
    Jul 22, 2011 - 9:46PM

    In absence of any active citizen´s initiative and civil courage nothing longer-term can be achieved. The military might successfully eradicate the symptoms but not the root causes. Or somebody is suggesting a genocide?


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