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Sindh CM asks local administration to provide space for Edhi Foundation’s office in Thatta

Sindh CM asks local administration to provide space for Edhi Foundation’s office in Thatta

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday directed the Hyderabad commissioner to make necessary arrangements for the provision of space for Edhi Foundation’s office in Thatta.

Taking notice of the press conference held by Faisal Edhi and Bilquis Edhi on Wednesday, the chief minister said that Edhi Foundation was doing a great service to humanity and no one would be allowed to occupy their property or disturb their welfare services.

The Hyderabad commissioner told the chief minister that the local administration of Thatta did not seal the Edhi centre; it was closed on the orders of the court.

On this Murad Ali Shah directed the commissioner to provide an adequate space to Edhi Foundation so that it can open an office until the case is decided.

He further directed the commissioner to address Edhi Foundation’s concerns on a priority basis.

“They [Edhi] are serving humanity and it becomes our responsibility to support them and help them in their services,” he said.

Shah also called the Karachi Commissioner and directed him to meet Faisal Edhi and address his concerns.

“This is quite surprising and deplorable that the land mafia is grabbing the property of Edhi Foundation,” he said. “It is our responsibility to remain in touch with people like Faisal Edhi, so that they continue their services and are able to improve it further."

Earlier in the day, Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal also took notice of the Edhi Foundation Thatta centre being shut down.

He directed the provincial home secretary to call for a report from Sindh Inspector General A.D. Khowaja seeking an explanation as to why the centre has been sealed with the help of Thatta's local police.

A day earlier, Bilquis and Faisal Edhi — the wife and son of eminent social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi — had claimed that Edhi welfare centres in several cities and towns of Sindh have been illegally occupied by "influential local figures".

During the press conference, Faisal had said that the Thatta welfare centre, spread over an area of 1,000 square yards, had been locked by the local administration upon a court’s order in a property dispute with a private person.

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