Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation, Pakistan’s prominent non-profit social welfare organization, has offered its services to India in tackling the worsening COVID-19 situation that is continuously claiming the lives of millions of people in the country.
Details came as Yusra Askari, a Pakistani journalist, went to Twitter to post, “From Pakistan to India with love! Something’s in the pipeline. Can’t say more just yet. Watch this space for details,” earlier in the day.
— Yusra Askari (@YusraSAskari) April 23, 2021
However, almost an hour ago, she posted a picture of a letter on the official Edhi Foundation letterhead, where Faisal Edhi on behalf of Edhi Foundation wrote to PM Narendra Modi of India with an offer of humanitarian assistance.
The letter began with Mr. Edhi, the Managing Trustee, who wrote that the foundation has been closely monitoring the situation in India. He expressed sympathy towards India where “a tremendous number of people are suffering immensely.”
Thus, offering support to the neighboring country, Mr. Edhi added, “we would like to extend our help in the form of a fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing and further circumventing the current health conditions.”
He offered that he would lead the mission himself, assuring the impartiality and credibility in the name of the Edhi Foundation, which the world recognizes as one of the most impartial and effective NGOs in Pakistan.
Faisal Edhi, son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, also assured that his team would not cause any inconvenience and does not need any help from the Indian government in terms of “fuel, food, and other necessary amenities,” that the Edhi team would require once in India.
He only asked the Prime Minister of India for only one thing, and that is the permission to enter India and setting up a liaison in the concerned area with the local police and administration to continue the process.
Faisal Edhi ended the letter with the hope of a positive response from the Indian government in allowing the Edhi Foundation to help them fight the humanitarian crisis which befalls India right now.
It is worth mentioning that the pandemic has begun taking a toll on the national resources of neighboring India, with Thursday recording the highest single-day tally for any country on any day since the pandemic began. 315,000 new cases came on 22nd April as the oxygen supply in the second-most populous country in the world dwindles.
Beds have become scarce, with major hospitals in the nation’s capital putting up notices saying they have no room for any more patients and police being deployed to secure oxygen supplies.
In such a situation Pakistanis have been wishing solidarity with India like the rest of the world, as #IndiaNeedsOxygen is one of the highest trending hashtags in the country.