Faisal Edhi pens letter to Modi, offers 50 ambulances as India grapples with Covid-19 crisis
Faisal Edhi, son of famed philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and president of the Edhi Foundation, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern over the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in India and offering his help to tackle the outbreak. .
The Edhi Foundation has offered India a fleet of 50 ambulances and the services of its staff in an effort to manage the coronavirus situation in the country, which is getting worse with each passing day.
The offer was relayed in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Faisal Edhi.
“We at the Edhi Foundation have closely monitored the current impact that the Covid-19 crisis has had on the Indian people.
“We are very sorry to hear the exceptionally strong impact that the pandemic has had on your country, where huge numbers of people are suffering immensely. As a neighboring friend, we are in great solidarity with you and during this difficult time, we would like to extend our help in the form of a fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to help you in addressing and circumvent your current health conditions, “said the letter, which was sent to the Indian mission in Islamabad.
It added that “We are not seeking any Indian assistance for our operations. We will bring our own food, fuel and other supplies and our team will include emergency medical technicians, drivers and support personnel,”
Faisal said that in order to implement the proposed service, “If the Indian team gives us permission, we are mentally and physically prepared to cross over and do whatever we can to help. We will fully cooperate with the Indian authorities and are ready to operate in any city where they will allow us to operate”.
“We are willing and ready to deploy our team in any critical area of concern under your direction without hesitation,” he said.
“We look forward to assisting you in managing the current humanitarian crises and we only hope to provide our assistance in any way possible, for the benefit of the Indian people.” he concluded the letter.
A press release from the organization added that Faisal would be depart with his team of volunteers as soon as he received permission.
As #India battles a brutal second wave of #Covid_19, Faisal Edhi on behalf of Edhi Foundation writes to PM @narendramodi with an offer humanitarian assistance. #CovidIndia#India#Pakistan pic.twitter.com/nBkMOjfqYq
— Yusra Askari (@YusraSAskari) April 23, 2021
It is not the first time that the Edhi Foundation has stepped forward to help Indians. Its founder, Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died in 2016, was actively involved in the return of the deaf-mute Indian girl Geeta from Karachi in 2015. Edhi, who cared for Geeta for more than a decade after entering Pakistan, refused a donation of Rs 1 crore issued by PM Modi in 2015 for his contribution to the well-being of Geeta.
Considered a “saint” by many, such as documentarian and journalist Peter Oborne, Edhi has spent more than six decades of his life leading humanitarian efforts and setting up centers across Pakistan. Today the Edhi Foundation manages orphanages, homes for the mentally ill, rehabilitation centers, manages hundreds of ambulances and shelters for abandoned women.
The Edhi Foundation has also previously worked on the repatriation of Indian fishermen in Pakistan.
Apart from Edhi, many Pakistanis, including federal ministers, have expressed their sentiments on social media.
The tweets came from people from a wide spectrum of people, with a trend #PakistanstandswithIndia also being on top in Pakistan.
Here’s a look at some of the tweets:
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi extended Pakistan’s support to the people of India and expressed the country’s heartfelt sympathies.
We express our support to the people of India in the wake of the current wave of #COVID19 infections, that has hit our region hard. On behalf of the people of Pakistan, I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the affected families in #India.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 24, 2021
Academic Ammar Ali Jan said people of both countries “should choose solidarity and empathy over hate and enmity”.
The hashtag #PakistanstandswithIndia represents the best side of Pakistan. We must choose solidarity and empathy over hate and enmity. Only peace and cooperation in our region can help us prepare for existing and coming disasters.
— Ammar Ali Jan (@ammaralijan) April 23, 2021
Singer Farhan Saeed use the hashtag to tell the people of India that Pakistan is praying for them.
All our prayers with Indian people in these difficult times. May Allah make it easier for India and the entire world . Know that we are praying for you !
Heart warming to see #PakistanstandswithIndia as the top trend in Pakistan.
Humanity should and did win.
— Farhan Saeed (@farhan_saeed) April 23, 2021
Author Yaqoob Khan Bangash notes that it is high time both India and Pakistan grow up and work together to save their people..
This user noted that after a long time she had seen a trend on Twitter that has “love and empathy”.
After a very long time I have found a trend on twitter that has love and empathy. This is Ramadan and I pray from the Most Raheem for his Rehmat.
May we all get through this. #PakistanstandswithIndia
— Fankar_Feminist (@TakreemaA) April 24, 2021
The tweets by Pakistani users did not go unnoticed by people in India, many Indians were touched by the reaction given by Pakistanis.
Anirban thanked Pakistan for praying for India.
— Anirban Chakraborty (@anirban_thestar) April 24, 2021
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