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Nominate Abdul Sattar Edhi for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016

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Abdul Sattar Edhi is one of the most famous and well-respected people in Pakistan - a philanthropist, social activist and humanitarian. He has dedicated his life to helping others and his fleet of free ambulances have become a common feature of everyday life in Pakistan.

He is 88 years old and this year I would like to see his life's work recognised with the Nobel Peace Prize.

When my daughter Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize my pride was immeasurable – words alone cannot express the overwhelming flood of emotions my wife and I felt. The award has elevated the profile and importance of education for every girl and every child globally. I believe Edhi deserves such an honour.

Edhi runs a nation-wide network of ambulances and emergency services. In a country where terrorism, poverty, natural disasters are a regular phenomenon, his foundation gives medical and emergency support to people all over Pakistan. He gives shelter to orphaned children and the destitute, free medical care, drug rehabilitation services and disaster relief. In times of trouble Edhi’s ambulances roam where even the law enforcement agencies do not. Edhi has worked selflessly for several decades in serving the people of our great nation.  

Thanks to Edhi’s efforts, supported by his equally inspirational partner and wife, Bilquis Edhi, emergency and trauma care has been transformed in Pakistan and is now available to everyone irrespective of gender, class, caste, social standing or age.

As an educator, humanitarian and social activist, I have read about the essence of humanity but have only seen true humanity in motion through the efforts of Edhi and his Foundation.

With each passing day I am only too well aware of Edhi’s failing health, which began to rapidly deteriorate over the last twelve months. With this in mind, I would like to stress the urgency in Edhi being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 in recognition of his services to the people of Pakistan.

He is not only a leading light in my home country, he is a global firebrand who will continue to lead the way in inspiring others through his legacy. Please show your support for Edhi by signing this petition and raising your voice with me for this living legend who has transformed the lives of so many and sets an example to each of us about how to live our lives.

Malala's support:
I'm signing this petition started by my father calling on our world leaders to nominate Abdul Sattar Edhi for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016. Abdul Sattar Edhi continues working tirelessly for humanity - he inspires me everyday! Edhi serves the most vulnerable, voiceless and unheard people in Pakistan.

He is a true role model for each and everyone of us. I urge you all to join me in honouring the work of Edhi and his Foundation.

Read the petition in Urdu here and in Pashto here.

We've united this petition with Rubena Kashwar who is also campaigning for Edhi to be nominated. Her petition is here.



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