Pak’s Edhi foundation turns down PM Modi’s Rs 1 cr donation

Karachi, (PTI): Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Displaying modi-geeta-20151027.jpgPakistan, a decade ago being blessed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting after her return to India, in New Delhi.

Pakistan’s charity foundation Edhi today turned down Rs one crore donation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking care of deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta during her over a decade-long stay in the country.

Prominent philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who is the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation, thanked Prime Minister Modi for announcing the donation, but declined to accept it for his charity.

“Abdul Sattar Edhi has thanked Modi and politely declined to accept his announced financial help,” Edhi Foundation Spokesman Anwar Kazmi was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

Prime Minister Modi yesterday met Geeta, who returned to India to an emotional welcome, and hailed Karachi-based Edhi family for taking care of her with love and affection for so many years.

Complimenting Sattar Edhi’s wife Bilqis Bano for taking care of Geeta with love and affection, the Prime Minister announced that India would give the Edhi Foundation Rs one crore as a token of appreciation, not just for taking care of Geeta, but also for the wonderful work that the Foundation has been doing.

“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs 1 crore to their foundation,” Modi had said.

Geeta was reportedly just 7 or 8 years old when she was found sitting alone on the Samjhauta Express by the Pakistan Rangers 15 years ago at the Lahore railway station. She was adopted by the Edhi Foundation’s Bilquees Edhi and lived with her in Karachi.

Bilquis and her grandchildren, Saba and Saad Edhi, are accompanying Geeta to India. Geeta yesterday returned to New Delhi but failed to recognise a family which she had initially identified from photographs.

She refused to recognise the Mahato couple from Bihar which she had identified from photographs and added that she will be kept in an institution in Indore till her “real family” was found.

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  1. Dear readers,

    Perhaps not many people in India know much about the Edhi foundation of Pakistan. The return of deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta from Karachi has forced the Indian media to talk about this foundation and its noble deeds, which is a household name in Pakistan.A partition refugee, Edhi started the foundation in 1951 in Karachi.A Gujarati Muslim, Edhi was born at Bantva in Junagarh district of Gujarat in 1928. He fled to Pakistan during the 1947 partition riots and made Karachi his home. Today the living saint of Pakistan who gave shelter to India’s daughter.

    Now Narendra Modi wanted to return the Pakistani favour for taking care of deaf and mute Indian girl Geeta during her over a decade-long stay in the country.It might be wise decision of Mr.Edhi declining compensation in exchange of gratitude equated with money.

    Geeta may be still waiting for her DNA connection with family but BJP is already started taking credit of reunion as a great victory.

    Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had faced similar kind of insult when ATS chief late Hemant Karkare’s wife Kavita Karkare not only refused the offer she did not meet Modi when he visited her house unannounced. The Karkare family had thrice told Modi’s officials that they did not want to meet anyone.

    Just to recall, Modi along with other leaders of the BJP including prime ministerial candidate Modi,L. K. Advani and others from the Shiv Sena have been baying for Karkare’s blood post the Malegaon investigations into the allegations of terrorist activities by the saffron brigade.

    Modi shouldn’t forget that “there are somethings that money can’t buy”.

    Jai Hind

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