Faisal Edhi declines Indian PM’s donation of INR10 million

Published: October 27, 2015
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Faisal Edhi speaking at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on October 27, 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ IRFAN ALI

Faisal Edhi speaking at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on October 27, 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ IRFAN ALI

Faisal Edhi speaking at a press conference at Karachi Press Club on October 27, 2015. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ IRFAN ALI Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives blessings to Geeta in New Delhi as Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and others look on. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The Edhi Foundation formally turned down on Tuesday the offer of INR10 million from the Indian government as a reward for taking care of Geeta and sending her back to India. 

Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation said that the decision had been taken after consulting the organisation’s founder, Abdul Sattar Edhi.

“We have decided to ask the government of India to spend the funds on the well-being of the deaf and mute people of India,” he said. He added that the decision was based on the foundation’s policy of not taking funds and donations from governments.

Nevertheless, Faisal thanked the Indian premier, Narendra Modi, who had announced on Monday the financial contribution to the Edhi foundation on the return of the hearing- and speech-impaired girl, Geeta, to India. According to Faisal, the Edhi Foundation received news of the donation via Modi’s tweet.

Modi meets Geeta in India, announces Rs10 million for Edhi Foundation

In response to a question, Faisal said that the people of Pakistan give them funds, from which the foundation runs its charity services. He said that earlier, the government of Japan had also offered to donate 100 Toyota ambulances – an offer that was also humbly declined by the foundation.

Faisal also thanked the Indian PM and the External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj for giving a warm welcome to the Edhi family in India. He also praised the role of Pakistani and Indian media on highlighting the presence of Geeta in Pakistan.

Geeta arrives in India to find long-lost family

While complimenting Bilqis Bano Edhi, founder of Edhi Foundation, he said, “I don’t think any amount of words is enough to thank the family for taking care of Geeta with love and affection for so many years.”

Geeta fails to recognise family as hers: Indian foreign minister

India’s responsibility now

Speaking at the press club on Tuesday, Faisal expressed hope that Geeta will find her family as she was in her country now, and that the Indian government would take her care. When asked if his foundation will claim her custody again if the Indian government fails to locate her family, he replied in the negative.

“Geeta is their responsibility now. We have officially handed over her responsibility to the government of India.” He clarified that it was Geeta’s wish to go back to India because she wanted to live among her people. “I don’t think she will come to Pakistan again, but she can obtain a visa and come to meet us whenever she wants to,” he said.

Speaking about the return of Edhi family to Pakistan, Faisal said they are scheduled to return on November 2. He said the government of India had offered his family trips to Agra and Ajmer Sharif, but the family will only visit Agra. However, Faisal said he has requested the government of India to find the official birth documents of his father so that his official birthdate can be confirmed.

The offer

Earlier on Monday, the Indian premier announced INR10 million for the foundation. Describing the Edhi family as the apostle of kindness and compassion, Modi thanked them for taking good care of Geeta.

While complimenting Bilqis Bano Edhi, co-founder of Edhi Foundation, he said, “I don’t think any amount of words is enough to thank the family for taking care of Geeta with love and affection for so many years.”

PM Modi added that, “What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of INR10 million to their foundation.”

Welcoming Geeta, Modi said “It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today… All of India will take care of you.” He also assured her that all efforts will be made to ascertain the whereabouts of her family.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 28th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (104)

  • Milind
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:07PM

    ” the source said taking aid from India is against their principles.”

    All Pakistanis blaming Modi for his intransigent posturing and ruining the talks with Pakistan, can now stop whining… Even the ‘saintly’ Pakistanis are averse to taking help from India….Case closed… Recommend

  • Pakhtun
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:12PM

    Well done Edhi sahab. A thing which NS can never do, Declining paisa Recommend

  • Naveed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:24PM

    Well done Edhi , proud of you, i don’t know when Shehryar n co, and our artists will learn dignity from you….Recommend

  • Feroz
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:27PM

    Bravo Edhi…you made us proud, this is what dignity and self respect is all about….
    pak artists, cricketers too should show some spine and avoid India at every levelRecommend

  • Nay-sayer
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:33PM

    I wish our good-for-nothing PCB Chairman could learn from the Edhi’s philosophy which surely includes preserving your national dignity at all costs. The Indian intransigence & inflated ego should be dealt like wise. Recommend

  • Sabse pehle pakistan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:46PM

    What a tight slap…well done Edhi….
    Dear PCB, Dear pak actors, Dear fellow countrymen are you listening to this? Please for god sake, have some self respect and learn from EdhiRecommend

  • Incognito
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:47PM

    Bravo Edhi Sb.Recommend

  • Peshawer101
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:49PM

    Love you Edhi Sahab………May Allah give you long lifeRecommend

  • rajesh
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Love outside… but hatred inside for India….Recommend

  • riz
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:54PM

    great move by Edhi sahib. he is our great asset.Recommend

  • z
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:00PM

    Not exactly sure why Edhi declined the donations. The great Imran Niazi collected money even from Jews and irrespective of country for Shoukat Khanam and dharnas. What’s wrong with accepting from India. Edhi sahib, we salute you for the services you provided to the poor nation of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hashim
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:04PM

    Why have they declined? Hate for India knows no bounds. Even the GoP takes aid from Israel via the paris club of creditors. Recommend

  • Sana
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:11PM

    @rajesh
    it’s not hate but loyalty to their own countryRecommend

  • Furqan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:14PM

    Do we really need that? I think when it comes to donations and charity we shouldn’t distinguish between friends and foes? Edhi should work towards better relations between the two growing nuclear states within South Asia. Recommend

  • Juggernaut
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:16PM

    This shows hate for India. One should not act based on the hate. At least think before accept or decline.

    Any way its bad image for Pakistan.Recommend

  • LOL
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:17PM

    @Milind, z, Hashim: Pak hates India ? What do you expect after the recent hospitality that Shiv Sena and BCCI offered to Pakistanis visiting India ? Do you expect us to love you after all that ?

    Modi continuosly spews hatred against Pak and tried to score points here by giving money. No Thanks.

    WellDoneEdhiSahabRecommend

  • Zalmay khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:20PM

    It is very heartening to see that Edhi foundation has declined the pitiful amount….a simple thx would have sufficed as weighing it against money…Recommend

  • Usman777
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Disappointed. It doesn’t look good on Edhi. What’s the difference between us and the Indians?Recommend

  • pathetic
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:23PM

    Throw out even our umpires and then say we want good relations. Wow.
    Give the money to family of Muslim man burnt for having ‘beef’ in his fridge. Modi represent true hypocrisy of India.Recommend

  • great
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:26PM

    Well Done Edhi Sahab. May Allah bless you. We do not need anything from Pak Hater Modi.Recommend

  • Rohit
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:28PM

    @Feroz…i agree with you, now pak artists n cricketers should follow the same and stop bothering us pleaseRecommend

  • S
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:30PM

    @z:
    Are all Jews not human? Is it a sin to be related to Jews? If yes, why is marrying Jews not prohibited in Islam?Recommend

  • Blunt
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:33PM

    @Milind:
    I think tribune needs to quote precisely the words of Edhi Spokesperson which declines aid from all governments including govt. of Pakistan and IndiaRecommend

  • AB
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:35PM

    Its not the matter of hate. I think Modi should first think about the families of the victims of Gujrat riots. We believe he was involved and should be charged for the murders. The government of India seems to have spare money these days – they can divert it to the victims of the riots.Recommend

  • flora
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:39PM

    I am telling you honestly to all pakistanis here praising the statement that its against their principle to get aid from India , this is pure hate built in even in so called good human beings of pakistan that is Edhi . The moment hate is uncontrolled and exhibited to a country of 1.2 billion people ,edhi lost the moral ground to be respected as saint. Recommend

  • Kushal
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:40PM

    And then they accuse us of hate and intolerance. This proves entire Pakistan was built on the premise of hate.Recommend

  • Anoni
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:40PM

    He had to decline.

    You can’t take funding from a neighbor that is designated as enemy. Had he accepted some funding rule violation would have applied and his entire life work would be treated with suspicion.

    Any way this was bound to happen with all the posturing from the neighbourhood. Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:40PM

    Commendable. An example to follow. Real dignity.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:45PM

    Instead of debating whether the action is wrong or right, shouldn’t we putting our resources together to support Edhi with an equal or greater amount of IND Rs.10 million?Recommend

  • joke ?
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:45PM

    @Milind and Rajesh: Oh Shiv Sena has shown us your version of peace last week. Recommend

  • too smart ?
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:46PM

    @rajesh: “love outside.. but hatred inside”. you are wrong, we have no love, outside or inside for India.Recommend

  • Baba
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:01PM

    Very proud of the Edhi Foundation for showing dignity and self respect. Thank you!Recommend

  • jay
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:03PM

    thank god at-least some Pakistani are declining aid. respect from India ! ! ! hope all of u stand on ur own feet some day. standing on your own feet is really liberating Pakistanis. atleast some are enjoying it in PakRecommend

  • z
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:11PM

    @S, I think you couldn’t get my point. What I am saying, if accepting donations from Jews is acceptable to the visionary politician like IK and no one raised any objection on it, then what’s wrong with accepting from Hindus. Indian PM offered this donation in a good well, I believe Edhi should have accepted it. However, there will be a little difference here, Edhi will not spend this money on dharnas.Recommend

  • International beggar
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:20PM

    Good…funds should be taken from master Saudi China , not from enemy neighbor Recommend

  • SiD
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:30PM

    It is not about Edhi hating India to accept their donation! He has taught himself to manage things himself. He did not take offer of students from best of the best univs of Pak and managed his network on his own. We need to appreciate his choice of managing things, which he has by the grace of Allah, so far!Recommend

  • aurangzeb
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:33PM

    Edhi does not accept any aid from Govts and donor agencies. Edhi Foundation urges PM Modi to allocate the donated money for welfare of hearing and speech impaired community in India,” said Faisal Edhi on Tuesday. Recommend

  • Patriot
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Unbelievable, You can see even Edhi foundations having so much hatred against India and Hindus in Pakistan.This is a big slap in the face for Pakistani’s and liberal Indians. Recommend

  • Amandeep singh virk
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:39PM

    Good, i hope Pakistanis will show more courage and not to ask for cricket series, Work in Bollywood and medical visas from India Recommend

  • FAZ
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:46PM

    @jay:
    Err..
    Edhi foundation is a trust run on aids!
    Don’t compare apples and oranges. the principle outlined here by Edhi sahab..
    No donations from India!Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:49PM

    I am sorry friends you have been misinformed. The fact is that the Edhi Foundation does not accept donations from Governments or Global Organisations. The Edhi Foundation has kindly declined only from India but also from the Pakistan Govt (during the times of Zia-ul-hq, and Bhutto). He has also declined from the World Bank and others. Edhi Saheb feels strongly about encouraging the ordinary citizen to take control of the world. He will accept 10 Rupees from an ordinary citizen rather than accept $1,00,000 from India or any other country. My own family in India have donated to Edhi which was happily accepted. Recommend

  • Aisha
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:51PM

    @rajesh:
    what the article fails to mention and what ignorance on the indians as well some pakistanis here fails to mention is that Edhi in principle is against ANY KIND OF FOREIGN AID. he once statted very clearly he only takes money from pakistanis. so it has nothing to do with india specifically. please enlighten yourself moree on edhi and his worlds largest voluntary ambulance service.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:52PM

    All Pakistanis friends commenting here should tell this to your artists, actors too for not visiting India ,, please do that and don’t come to IndiaRecommend

  • Aisha
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:53PM

    The article has painted Edhi in a very bad way. Edhi is in principle against taking money from any foreign country. he msaid that very clearly in one of his interviews. The principle here is not “no money from India”. its “no money from any one outside Pakistan”. please refrain from commenting without sufficient knowledge.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:58PM

    @Milind:
    Help? You think Edhi NEEDS your HELP?
    Please….
    You dont know anything about this man and what he has done. He would put to shame all Nobel Peace winners, minus maybe MLK. If you personally meet the man and see the impact he has had, you would be in awe…Recommend

  • MB
    Oct 27, 2015 - 6:59PM

    For all the Pakistanis and Indians putting this refusal of donation in the light of (stupid) rivalry between India and Pakistan. The reason why Edhi refused the donation is that the Edhi foundation does not take donation from any government not because the donation was being provided by India. I wish this article would have done proper justice to explaining the reason why it was refused. Recommend

  • Dr. M.M.Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:01PM

    Why the donation now?. Under normal circumstances the donation should have been welcome but this is a thank you and not a donation.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:04PM

    This is a good move.
    We should also stop circulating the begging bowl to foreign countries for money to run the country also. Recommend

  • Haider
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:10PM

    @flora
    “edhi lost the moral ground to be respected as saint”…Yesterday Geeta came to India you were praising him and if he has declined lost moral ground…eidhi doesnt take from any govt…..Pakistanis dont hate India what recently Shiv sena did with backing of Narendra Modi….After all this we are atleast not that much shameless to take aid…..Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:15PM

    @rajesh:

    You wrote: “Love outside… but hatred inside for India…”

    You can call it whatever you want. Many would call it “Standing Up On Principle”. I am pretty sure Edhi Foundation would have accepted donation from anyone other than the butcher of Gujarat, Modi. Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:20PM

    @jay:

    Are you one of Shev Sena’s trolls? Recommend

  • ahmed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:29PM

    Both Pakistanis and Indians who either finger pointing or showing flase pride here.. It has nothing to do with either Modi or India. Edhi foundation simple do not take money from governments and only rely on general public donations. If an Indian wants to donate in his/her personal capacity, please fee to do so. Thank you and stop chest thumping on false or half-baked stories. Recommend

  • Haider
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:31PM

    To all Indian trolls
    Yesterday you were praising him just bcoz he didnt accept aid so you all hate him and forget the work he did..Eidhi doesnt take aids from any govt be it India or Pakistan…if u so want to give aids then common people should come forward..and coming onto Pakistanis hate…We are known for hospitality of guests unlike Shiv Sena backed by Modi..Such events never take place in PakistanRecommend

  • IJ
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:38PM

    To all the Indians on this comment thread there is one thing you all need to know about Mr Edhi: he never takes donations from politicians. If he doesn’t take the money of Pakistani politicians, what makes you think he will accept money from the Indian PM. Recommend

  • Schavy
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:38PM

    For all those who think he didn’t take donation out of Hate or anything, need to really see how he took care of the little girl. II, for one, am the person who prefers giving donations to Edhi because I know they take care of needy ones without any discrimination. My faith in Edhi organization has increased after reading about their act of kindness. About him not taking donations, well its all about principals and principals vary for each and everyone of us. Let us not judge a person on why or why not he accepted the donation. Appreciate the cause. That’s all that’s needed.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:43PM

    @Aisha:
    I do not know the actual reason for Edhi Sahib declining the donation. But, I tend to believe you more than all those who have commented on different lines.

    It could also be that Edhi Sahib did not want to make it a controversy and be criticized be others mainly other religious parties in Pakistan.

    I still respect and adore Edhi Sahib.Recommend

  • Indian citizen
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Its up to Edhi foundation to accept or reject the donation for what ever the reasons might be. As an Indian I would thank Edhi foundation for their humanitarian considerations of taking care of the Indian citizen Geeta. Recommend

  • jagajilly
    Oct 27, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Gr8. I still strongly believe Eidi deserves nobel prize for peace, this denial notwithstanding. If pak people believe not to take any aid from India, then begging for a cricket series to turn around the pauper PCB too fall into the same category. Pl advise the lever and heart patients too not to take any help from India. I might sound harsh here (for people who mixe humanity with hatred between nations), but reality bites. God bless PakistanRecommend

  • AT. Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:07PM

    To people who are questioning why Edhi declined the aid from Indian PM, Edhi has actually answered that in on of the documentary on youtube. He says that his Foundation is made by Pakistani people, and he only take aid from fellow Pakistanis. He said that many international foundations have offered his foundation money, but he has never taken it. Its a matter of principle.Recommend

  • Zee
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:17PM

    @Hashim:
    The article says: Taking aid from any government is against their principles, the source added.Recommend

  • Adil Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:20PM

    Yes Edhi has a point in that Modi is not exactly a peace lover and has a chequered past in Gujrat. He was declared a terrorist by the USA until he won the elections. As for the poor girl Geeta and his sudden concern and care for her and offer of 10 million rupees for Edhi Foundations for looking after her, I have just one thing to say. There are around 100 million similar children in India who could do with your love and concern. Honestly, it matters not a lot whether they have crossed the border into neighbouring Pakistan, they sufferl the same whether in India or Pakistan. Please give your 10 million and if possible even 10 billion to them….. they are just as real as Geeta. Go on, do it if you’re really sincere, otherwise your grand gesture is just a political gimmick. Recommend

  • Dr.M.m.Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:21PM

    @rajesh: Dear rajesh. There is no hatred for India. It is the timing which is wrong. Can’t you see the connection?Recommend

  • Sampath
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:28PM

    Would have been nice if Modi had not offered money at all. Those words of gratitude that
    he tweeted would have sufficed. My sympathies are with Edhi Foundation. The same
    group of commenters who are thanking Edhi calling him a patriotic Pakistani for refusing
    money from India would have turned against him or atleast would have been very unhappy.
    Edhi is a great humanitarian and all Indians thank his organization for caring for Geetha.
    Having said that this refusal has strengthened the hands of indians who want to have
    nothing to do with Pakistan in cricket, arts etc. That is the truth. Watch for some political
    football in India on this issue with Modi’s opponents from all sides of the spectrum
    twisting this to their advantage. Not good for smooth Indo-Pak ties in the immediate future.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Mr. Faisal Edhi says that Edhi Foundation does not take aid neither from
    indian nor from Pakistan government. So for him Pakistan and the
    india are same.

    Wow and for decades we millions of Pakistanis have donated

    billions every year to make Edhi Foundation one of the

    greatest chairties in the world besides supporting

    it with our hears and souls and that’s how

    they rate us equal at indians our enemies. Recommend

  • awais
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:39PM

    There are some laws for welfare organizations. Another Government cannot directly donate anything to any welfare foundation unless its through NGO or through UN. Foreign government funding of any kind is a big no no these days, it doesn’t matter if its a welfare org.

    Everyone knows Edhi sahab, So no need to defend him, his actions speak for himself.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:41PM

    @Kamran: We donate them billions every year dudeRecommend

  • Lion King
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:44PM

    @Sameer: And please tell your film makers to not release indian films here

    to make millions from every film which is a lot more than what all Pakistan

    actors together get from indian filmsRecommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:49PM

    @Milind:
    What he said is that they don’t get any funding from any government and don’t want to, it is strictly financed by private donations. People in Pakistan and in India are generous people and do donate to their favorite charities. Don’t just twist thing and apply your own figment of imagination. Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Oct 27, 2015 - 8:50PM

    @z:

    Edhi foundation have a policy of not accepting foreign aid that is the reason he did not accept Indian government. There is no no to bravo for Edhi foundation.Recommend

  • Oct 27, 2015 - 9:02PM

    Sorry To Say That …. Its not About Hate Or Love It al About That one Muslim Take a Good Care of non muslim girl After The Girls Reached at India… y Modi Donate After Geeta Cause .. Any One Think About Its It all Not About Hate if Edhi Sb Takes Modhi’s Donation ……
    That will Not Rulles of Edhi Thay Surf for Good deeds Not for Money ……. Think About Its … forget About The Hate of India if Pak & Ind wil become frend There No example of it Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Oct 27, 2015 - 10:12PM

    So edhi is not very different from Shiv SenaRecommend

  • Oct 27, 2015 - 10:36PM

    @Milind:
    That´s also true that Edhi foundation has never took any aid from any country. they collects fund only within pakistan. That´s their policy since decades. I don´t know why. may be they have some reasons behind that. india is not the only case. so please don´t take in that way. The reason behind Edhi´s sb declining aid can be that if they accept aid, people would rather think that they only helped geeta because of money..Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:17PM

    @rajesh:
    You are right here.The description fits well with Modi.Inside he is full of hate not only about Pakistan but also indian Muslims as well.
    One moment he is forcing his terrorist army to violate loc daily by firing on the innocent Pakistanis in the villages around the border.On this day offering this useless money to fool the world that he has a kind heart ( a big lie on its own).
    Hats off for great man EDHI sb. salam to your courage and patriotic heart of gold. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:20PM

    @rajesh:

    Love outside… but hatred inside for India….

    Not hatred. Its hard to take money from someone who’s hands are dripping in blood. Edhi and Modi are a universe apart. One prides in saving lives other in taking lives. Can you blame Edhi? Really?Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:38PM

    Edhi Foundation’s Trustee, Faisal Edhi’s statement as regards Narendra Modi’s donations reads “Edhi Foundation refuses to accept money donated by PM Narendra Modi as a matter of policy. Edhi does not accept any aid from Govts and donor agencies. Edhi Foundation urges PM Modi to allocate the donated money for welfare of hearing and speech impaired community in India.”.

    The statement clearly means that the donation from Narendra Modi has not been declined because it was offered by an Indian individual or government, but because the Foundation does not accept donations from ANY government or donor agency. Also, that the donation would have been declined even if it came from the Government of Pakistan or a Pakistani donor agency.

    And I can see the reason for such a policy. Now, if the Foundation accepted donation from government of Pakistan, there would be attempts to place government favourites in the Edhi administration and efforts would be made to influence its workings to gain personal benefits. And once that started, the Edhi Foundation could end up very much like the government institutions, losing its independence altogether and ending up as a complete failure which most government institutions in developing countries are.

    There is also another fine point. Accepting donation from Narendra Modi at this stage would make all the effort, care and affection given by Edhi Foundation and Edhi family personally to Geeta look like a business investment, which was ultimately redeemed with super-duper profits, making it a bargain of a life time. And Edhi Foundation is definitely not a business venture.

    And while thanking PM Narendra Modi for his gesture, the Edhi Foundation has urged him to allocate the donated money for welfare of hearing and speech impaired community in India, another worthwhile cause money donated to which could help others like Geeta.

    And since it would be given on Edhi’s urging, it could be treated in a roundabout way as having been received by Edhi Foundation. In any case, if Edhi Foundations received the amount, it would have spent it on the welfare of the needy and if it is spent on the needy people in India, it will supplement Edhi’s work and will be just as noble a gesture.

    KarachiRecommend

  • kishwar
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:50PM

    @rajesh:
    no its not hatred sir. edhi saheb did what he did for the sake of Allah and his reward is with Him. No amount of money does he need in return.
    love u edhi saheb. ur a legend. u r our pride.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Oct 27, 2015 - 11:56PM

    @Hashim: Edhi Sahib takes no money from any government. Hopefully Indians will understand…….Recommend

  • sara
    Oct 28, 2015 - 12:12AM

    Everyone needs to reread the article – the decline of aid has nothing to with India or religion; edhi foundation takes from people and not governments. They refused Chinese aid as well – please lets not make this out to be something it is not and leave all our personal agendas out of it! Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Oct 28, 2015 - 12:20AM

    @Lakhkar Khan.. Oh really? Where was this guy where Pandits were butchered and minorities in Pakistan are raped or killed on a daily basis?Recommend

  • citizen26
    Oct 28, 2015 - 12:58AM

    Edhi once again proved and also set example of self respect and dignity.Recommend

  • cheebz
    Oct 28, 2015 - 1:46AM

    unfortunatley most people here commented incorrectly.. Edhi did not reject because it was india, they rejected because its their policy to not accept monetary funds from governments.. They suggested that indian government spend that money on their own people who are less fortunate.. its got nothing to do with growing a spine or rejecting due to politics.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:10AM

    Imran would not have declined Mr. Modi’s offer. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:36AM

    Bravo Edhi foundation and Salam to Mr. EdhiRecommend

  • Kolsat
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:38AM

    @AB: The Gujarat riot of 2002 is a matter for India. Indian courts have exonerated Modi. Furthermore I want to ask you this if you want to hols Modi responsible for the deaths of Muslims then who will you hold responsible for deaths of 300 Hindus then. Some Muslims killed these Hindus and they should be caught and punished. Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 4:31AM

    Respect for Edhi Saheb & the Foundation. Refusal to accept money from government is a stand ( principle) taken by Edhi Foundation and be respected. before this refusal Edhi foundation had in the past refused Aid ( donation of 100 ambulances) from the government of Japan. Even aid from the government of Pakistan is not acceptable . Even if Tribune did not mention the reasons behind this refusal we Indians should not jump on the hate theory. Edhi Saheb is a saintly person and his services to mankind should be recognised respected and spread. Salute to him and his services. Recommend

  • Azam Khan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:19AM

    @z:
    Can you prove to me that IK has accepted donations from the Jews. This is a shameless allegation.I can say your father has accepted donations from Modi. Does it make any sense.Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:45AM

    @Hashim:
    Why did they decline? Did you read article? They requested the funds be diverted to help poor people in India. A “donation” from india is basically in poor taste because it looks like Modi wants to financially reward Edhis for simply doing a kind generous act. They took care of her because of love, not because they wanted reward from india. I can’t understand how you’d confuse this with hate. There are so many explanations why they wouldn’t take the money but you’re focusing only on the anti-india explanation.Recommend

  • Suraj Dahal
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:38AM

    something to see in it-“We have decided to ask the government of India to spend the funds on the well-being of the deaf and mute people of India”Recommend

  • Kashif
    Oct 28, 2015 - 8:21AM

    @all the Indian comments: can you all read? Edhi foundation doesn’t take donations from any government. They rejected a much bigger donation from Japan. Rough estimate of 125 million PKR on that principal. So stop winning about the rejection. It was politely rejected with the request to donate on their behalf in INDIA. You should be happy about that. Instead you all haters are name calling the great Edhi foundation. Recommend

  • Imran sheikh
    Oct 28, 2015 - 9:07AM

    Please read what Faisal Edhii said. The Edhi foundation does not accept donations from government, only individuals or private organisations.
    That is why they refused the Indian government money and 100 ambulances from the Japanese government also. It has nothing to do with anti-India feelings. If any Indian national or company in their private capacity gave a donation for welfare of humanity I am sure it would be welcomed.
    Those scoring cheap points by gleefully calling this a slap should be ashamed. It was a good gesture by PM Modi. Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 9:53AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You have a disease called IK phobia, GWS!Recommend

  • Aysh
    Oct 28, 2015 - 2:29PM

    Did everyone criticizing Edhi miss this part:

    “He said that earlier, the government of Japan had also offered to donate 100 Toyota ambulances – an offer that was also humbly declined by the foundation.”

    It’s their policy and it has nothing to do with ‘hate in the heart’.Recommend

  • Fatima Bibi
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:04PM

    Why to get money Edhi z an institution who works for d safety & security of human being May God blessed him with health wealth long life prosperity with all family & co worker’s Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:25PM

    Firstly, the rejection of the donation DOES NOT give credence to the fact that Edhi refused India’s help based on the relations between both countries. His counter proposal to spend it on the Deaf and Mute population of India was well intended.
    However, refusing 100 Toyota ambulances from the Government of Japan is a mistake, even by the saintly Edhi family. It was a gesture of appreciation and would have benefited the Pakistani populace through Edhi’s foundation. Better vehicles = better transportation services for emergency. Here i do believe that the Edhi Foundation is in the wrong by letting self-principles stand in the way of improving the quality of service for the deserving population.
    Afterall, sometimes you have to let go of your personal principles for the betterment of mankind.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 28, 2015 - 3:28PM

    A principled stand…….and a good one. Recommend

  • Asy ma wail !
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:56PM

    @Milind

    Milind, my genius neighbor ..read it clearly, their policy is not for India only, but for all governments, including government of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Milind
    Oct 28, 2015 - 9:35PM

    @shan – “That´s also true that Edhi foundation has never took any aid from any country. they collects fund only within pakistan”

    Point taken.. In fact my respect for Edhi grows, as he refuses to take aid from Govt… On the other hand we have this larger-than-life Mother Teresa who took funds from unscrupulous and murderous dictators and got canonised by the VaticanRecommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 29, 2015 - 12:29AM

    @Patriot: ”Edhi foundations having so much hatred against India and Hindus” Still they took care of Geeta, a Hindu Indian girl? What a contradiction!
    Edhi may have their reasons, compulsions. They had even refused govt aid from Japan. Let us respect their decision, though surprising. No need to make such accusations & display your hatred of Pakistanis.
    I wonder, why PM Modi did not check with Edhi before announcing this donation.Recommend

  • basil
    Oct 29, 2015 - 2:59AM

    @rajesh:
    Yeah, and it was sheer hatred by which Geeta was treated by Edhi.Indians can never be grateful nor can they appreciateRecommend

  • S
    Oct 29, 2015 - 4:50AM

    @z:
    It has nothing to do with accepting donations from a Jew or Hindu. It’s more about the uncomfortable political relationship the two countries share.Recommend

  • deltaforce
    Oct 29, 2015 - 3:55PM

    we are people not seeing this?

    “He added that the decision was based on the foundation’s policy of not taking funds and donations from governments.”

    quite a wise policy i’d say.Recommend

  • Jai
    Oct 29, 2015 - 9:35PM

    Clearly there is no room for Hindus in Pakistan as Geeta was asked to leave. We should finish the unfinished job of 1947. In return for the Hindu population of Pakistan we can send all the Muslims in India there. Let’s stop the hypocrisy and get it over with once and for all. Send all 25 crore muslims to Pakistan. Then they can have their Islamic country. Islam is incompatible with secular India anyway. Recommend

  • Ram Dargad
    Oct 29, 2015 - 10:47PM

    @Jai: ”Geeta was asked to leave..” What a distortion! She is a Indian citizen by birth & as per reports, wanted to come back to her country.
    Mr Jai, you do not represent most Indians. India does not believe in the 2 nation theory- which you want to enforce. Indian Muslims (barring some exceptions) have disproved it. This is not a fight between Hindus & Muslims but between fanatics & secular forces, which exist on both sides.Recommend

  • Hashim
    Oct 30, 2015 - 3:18PM

    @LOL:
    Yes you do hate India and are obsessed with that country. That’s why you see Indians even where there are none. FYI I’m not Indian.Recommend

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