KARACHI : Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial on Thursday took notice of illegally occupying Edhi welfare centres and its properties in Sindh by influential figures.
The Minister while taking notice of the issue has directed the concerned authorities to take strict action against those involved in the grabbing impartially and without and discriminations.
He further directed the authorities to ensure retrieval of the Edhi centres from the grabbers and strict legal actions against them. It is to be mentioned here that yesterday Bilquis Edhi, the wife of eminent social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, alleged that Edhi welfare centres in several cities and towns of Sindh had been illegally occupied by “influential local figures”.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, she had requested the Sindh and the federal government to order the “land mafia” to vacate the properties of Edhi foundation.
She had also requested the Balochistan government to step in, as an Edhi centre in Hub was also reportedly occupied. Bilquis Edhi and her son Faisal Edhi alleged that the land mafia enjoyed the patronage of certain political parties.
They said that the “anti-humanity elements” were demolishing the welfare foundation’s properties to build shops and centres for commercial activities. The centres that had been serving humanity for the past three decades were being demolished, the Edhis maintained.
They said the land for these centres had been allotted to the Edhi Foundation by the National Highway Authority (NHA).“NHA awarded these properties to Edhi Foundation to set up these centres on 200 square metre wide belts of land on both sides of the highways. These belts are the property of the highway authority,” they explained.
The most recent occupation was of an Edhi Welfare centre in Thatta that had been functioning since 1985, Edhi said.
A tearful Bilquis Edhi lamented that authorities have not taken any action against the people who were “targeting the Edhi Foundation”. She also expressed concern for Edhi ambulances and workers who, she said, had no protection and were vulnerable to attacks by “evil forces”.
Originally published by INP