Why Edhi foundation seeking for help from JDC
Edhi foundation enters in hot water after government imposed heavy duties on the import of ambulances and other equipment.
Saad Edhi is a grandson of Late Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, and now a days organizing the huge network of Edhi foundation along with his father Faisal Edhi and Grandmother Bilqis Edhi.
He visited the head office of JDC foundation in Karachi on yesterday, 18 Nov, seeking help from Zafar Abbas, leading JDC from front and famous for his social media following.
While recalling the services of Edhi foundation for country expended over five decades. He asked government to show some acknowledgement towards the services of late Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi and resolve their issues immediately.
Saad Edhi reveals while addressing to the social media audience that they are unable to import new ambulances and other rescue related equipment’s.
For further details, BOL News called Saad Edhi and he stated during a telephonic conversation that “government is asking import duty of 30 million Pkr for a recent ambulance fleet we have imported”.
“Earlier Edhi foundation has paid 1.8 billion Pkr in form of taxes and asking for tax returns since last two years”.
Saad also said, “Everyone knows about our naval services in flood situations, we are using old engines in rescue boats, endangering the lives of our volunteers. We want to export new engines but due to heavy taxes we are unable to upgrade our boats”.
Saad Edhi expresses fear that if Government didn’t take any step to solve issues of Edhi foundation, they might close their operation continues from decades”.
How Edhi foundation started?
In 1951 Abdul Sattar Edhi bought a small shop in Mithadar area of Karachi and opened a free dispensary.
From that small beginning Edhi has built up the Edhi Foundation. Edhi established his first welfare center in 1957 and then the Edhi Trust. What started as one man operating from a single room in Karachi is now the Edhi Foundation.
The foundation has over 300 centers across the country, in big cities, small towns and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance. They also own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas.
As of March 2016, the Edhi Foundation owns over 1,800 private ambulance vans stationed in areas across Pakistan.
The ambulance dispatchers in Karachi, one of the busiest cities in Pakistan, have reported up to 6,000 calls a day, with the average response time for each incident falling within 10 minutes.
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