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New Islamabad Airport should be named after Edhi: Hamza Ali Abbasi

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Actor and social media activist Hamza Ali Abbasi expressed his wish to name the newly constructed Islamabad International Airport after late social worker and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. Hamza Ali Abbasi believes naming the airport after him would be a tremendous gesture to acknowledge his unmatchable services to humanity.

The matter of deciding the name became complex when Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rejected the three names of Liaqat Ali Khan, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, and Gandhara proposed by a four-member committee.

The ultimate reason behind proposing the name of prominent personalities in Pakistan movement was to deter future governments to replace the name of the airport with their political leaders.

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The federal government faced strong backlash from Pakistan People’s Party who stressed that the name of the airport should be after their deceased leader Benazir Bhutto. The current Islamabad airport is named after her.

Not only Hamza Ali Abbasi but senior anchorperson Iqrar-ul-Hassan Syed also wants the airport to be named after the honorary social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi. He initiated a social media campaign and urged people to join him in his campaign.

Abdul Sattar Edhi, a wonderful personality was the founder of the biggest non-profitable social work organization, ‘Edhi Foundation’. Besides providing shelter and upbringing to the orphans, Edhi Foundation owns the world’s largest network of ambulances. Abdul Sattar Edhi established several old-age homes and rehabilitation centers. His clinics and dispensary usually offer free of cost treatment to the patients.

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Abdul Sattar Edhi, a humble human being set on the journey of social service in 1955 when he opened the first free of cost dispensary for underprivileged people. In 1957, he bought the first ambulance. Abdul Sattar Edhi was not only a revered personality in Pakistan but even the international community recognized his services for the humanity.

Abdul Sattar Edhi died in 2016 after prolonged illness and left behind wife and two sons who are diligently serving his cause. Pakistan Army under the leadership of former Army Chief Raheel Sharif organized a state funeral that was attended by politicians and dignitaries from the civil society.