PM recommends Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize nomination

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

Express November 29, 2011
PM recommends Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize nomination

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.


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.


taseer | 12 years ago | Reply

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

Pakistan's Critique | 12 years ago | Reply

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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