Bilquis Bano Edhi, wife of prominent humanitarian and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, died Friday at the age of 74 after a brief hospital stay.
Her family had said earlier today that her condition was stable. She spent three days in a hospital in Karachi, where she was taken after a sudden drop in blood pressure. Bilquis has been ill for the past month, according to a spokesman for the Edhi Foundation. “While her condition is not serious, she will remain in hospital for a few more days,” Eddie Foundation spokesman Mohammad Bilal said.
Bilquis suffered from congestive heart failure and had two heart bypass surgeries, Bilal added. During Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s first visit to the port city on Wednesday, First Lady Tehmina Durrani also visited the port.
Earlier, Pakistan’s prominent philanthropist and humanitarian was named the “Person of the Decade” along with UN human rights rapporteur Professor Li Yangxi and American ethicist Stephen Solz.
A spokesperson for the Edhi Foundation told APP that Bilquis Edhi was named the most influential person in the first two decades of the 21st century in a domino effect verdict announced by Impact Hallmarks on Friday.
Bilquis is a professional nurse who runs the Bilquis Edhi Foundation. Abdul Sattar Edhi proposed to her and they were married in April 1966. She has spent more than six years serving humanity in need. To date, her charity has saved over 42,000 unwanted babies by placing ‘jhoolas’ [cradles] in Edhi homes and centres across the country.
First Lady Tehmina Durrani visited Bilkis Bano, wife of ailing Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Eddi, at a private hospital in Karachi on Wednesday. Eddie, and asked about her health.
According to Edhi Foundation staff, Bilquis was taken to a private hospital on Stadium Road with blood pressure issues. Bilquis has been treated for several days and is doing well, they said.
Earlier, newborn Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum to offer tribute to the nation’s father, but no one knows why the first lady didn’t accompany him before she shared her and sick Bill Keith’s photo. She won the love and respect of people with her kind gesture.
Bilquis, also one of Pakistan’s most active philanthropists, was visited at the hospital by Pakistan’s First Lady, Tehmina Durrani.
On Twitter, Tehmina expressed her sadness as she revealed that Bilquis was very ill. She said that while she is now the first lady, as Birkes puts it, no “first lady can match the greatness of Edith Birkis.”
“Today, Bilquise and I were in her ward weeping. She cried for Edhi sb and I cried for her. You are so bad! When she called me first lady, I went from ‘Edhi’s Bilquise’ twitching,” Termina wrote.
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal retweeted Tehmina’s post and prayed for her speedy recovery.
In another post, she said: “When Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif paid tribute to Mazar, the founder of the country, I went with Saba and Saad Eddi to Abdul Sattar Eddie salutes for his lifelong dedication to al-Qaeda’s realization of Pakistan’s dream: a social welfare state. Indication r on his tombstone.”
Who is Bilkeith Eddy?
Bilquis is a professional nurse and runs the Bilquis Edhi Foundation. She has spent over six years in humanitarian work and her charity has so far saved over 42,000 unwanted babies by placing ‘jhoolas’ [cradles] in Edhi homes and centres across Pakistan.
Known as the Mother of Pakistan, Bilquis has received various national and international awards including Person of the Decade, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan), Lenin Peace Prize, Mother Teresa Memorial International Social Justice Award (2015) and Ramon Magsaysay Award In 1986, she received the Public Service Award with her husband Abdul Sattar Edhi.