Deplorable: Iconic Humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi Facing Deportation From US, Passport Siezed

Posted on January 29, 2008
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Hassan Abbas from WatanDost just alerted me to this most deplorable and shocking news. According to the Daily Times:

Renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi was interrogated by US immigration officials at the JF Kennedy Airport in New York, who also seized his passport and other documents, a private TV channel reported on Monday. Edhi told Geo News that US immigration officials had questioned him for eight hours at the airport. “They asked me why I don’t reside permanently in the US despite having a green card,” he said. “I told them that I’m a social worker and I have to travel extensively around the world, and so cannot live there permanently,” he added.



Edhi said he had faced the same behaviour from US immigration officials when he visited America in June last year. According to Geo News, the immigration officials allowed him to leave following the intervention of Pakistani officials, but did not return his passport and other documents. Edhi said the US officials, through a letter, had also asked him to appear in court for a hearing on February 20. Separately, talking to News One television channel, Edhi said US authorities apparently wanted to hinder his social work. He said he, his wife and their granddaughter had been living in a small room for the last month as the US authorities were refusing to return his passport.

In an earlier news story, Dawn had reported:

US authorities have threatened Pakistan’s most respected citizen Abdul Sattar Edhi with deportation, he said. “I just received a telephone call from someone, telling me that I am being deported,” Mr Edhi, who is now in New York told Dawn. He said he was stopped at the airport in London when he tried to board a plane for New York on Jan 8.

Mr Edhi then contacted the US Embassy in London who gave him a letter which allowed him to proceed to New York. The letter also advised him to see US authorities on Feb 18 to clear whatever misunderstandings they may have about him. Mr Edhi arrived in New York on Jan 9 and was detained at the airport for eight hours. “They were questioning me why I look the way I look,” said Mr Edhi who has a long beard and always wears traditional Pakistani dress along with a traditional cap.

“They also wanted to know why I visit the United States so regularly,” he said. “I told them I am a social worker. What else I do? I only do social work,” said Mr Edhi who has branches of his trust in several US cities. “If they do not let me work here, I will work somewhere else.”

ATP know of my reveration – aqeedat – for the amazing humanitarian work that Abdul Sattar Edhi does (also see here, here and here).

Indeed, this admiration is shared not only by many other Pakistanis but by so many around the world who follow daily miracles that Edhi Foundation performs in some of the most telling places in the world. A look at the over 250 comments on my post about him which suggested that he should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is testimony to this admiration, indeed devotion.

Here are excerpts from what I had written then; events since then have again highlighted just how important a human treasure he is not just to Pakistan but to the world:

Here is a man who has dedicated his whole life to serving the most marginalized and the most wretched in society. The destitutes, the mentally ill, corpses left by the roadside, children abandoned at his doorsteps, women kicked out by their families. When there is no one to go to, there is always Edhi Sahib to go to.

As importantly, he has done this – in his words – ‘wholesale’. He has single handedly built – literally by begging – a social services structure at a national scale. Bigger than what governments have. He has never taken a ruppee as salary himself. He lives in a two room apartment that most middle class Pakistanis would not call home and he oversees the largest ambulance network in the world, now with airplanes and helicopters, a multi-million dollar enterprise of relief, of goodwill, and of humanitarianism. If he does not deserve the Nobel Award, I do not know who does.

The Nobel Peace Prize has not come yet. But this humiliation has. Deplorable.

85 Comments on “Deplorable: Iconic Humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi Facing Deportation From US, Passport Siezed”

  1. Daktar says:
    January 29th, 2008 1:59 am

    Deplorable indeed. I am speechless!!!!

  2. Agadir says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:00 am

    AOA to alls

    First of all I am very thnaks ful to this type of post,so we can know what will be happenning with our Pakistani’s in the world.And Abdul Sattar Edhi is reeally good personnality in Pakistan and any where also.But most of people didnot know how to behave to other’s people’s.It is wrong way to talking any person.

  3. Asma says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:02 am

    I’m equally struck dumb at this :/

    His achievements need no Nobel Prize recognition, IMHO.

  4. Daktar says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:09 am

    The picture you have on the front page, with the man crying and holding his head in agony is exactly what I feel like on reading this. What madness has descended on our world!

  5. Aik Aur Dewana says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:21 am

    Someone should double check if he has actually been deported. I am not sure if he has. He is allowed to be in US but asked to appear before immigration officials at some time.

  6. Unknown says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:24 am

    Unfortunately, this is what we have achieved for our country during last 60 years. This is not the first sheepish thing happened to us Pakistanis. How can we forget about Dr. Abdul Qadeer & many others?

    This shows that how heavily our foreign ministers visit around the whole world to create this image for Pakistan; our Pakistan. I will not only blame governments; we all are too responsible for creating kind of this outlook for ourselves.

    These two penny

  7. Daktar says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:25 am

    Frankly,I am not sure if it matters whether he has actually been deported or not. Its the treatment given to him that matters. From these items, they seem to know who he is but he is punished for just the way he looks and dresses. That is what is really sad.

  8. January 29th, 2008 2:33 am

    Thank you, Aik Aur Diwana, you are probably right. The headline has been corrected to reflect this.

  9. temporal says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:50 am

    this is sad!

    one more strike for the islamophobes!

  10. Muhammad Raza says:
    January 29th, 2008 3:27 am

    In the interview the US authorities asked Mr Edhi What does he do?
    Funny. Are the US authorities so ignorant to ask such a question. Other wise they will come up with information which very few know.
    What Mr Edhi does is known to the world.

  11. January 29th, 2008 3:58 am

    This is a distressing development. But AFAIK, it is not abnormal for US immigration authorities to question him when he has a green card but cannot reside in the US.

    There s no doubt about the importance of Edhi’s work to the people of Pakistan. Perhaps he can secure some other kind of long term visa to enable him to travel to US whenever he needs to.

  12. January 29th, 2008 4:35 am

    Its not surprising….

    pakistanis living in US..UK always treated as 3rd class citizens….

  13. AJ says:
    January 29th, 2008 5:02 am

    I can understand the moronic behaviour of the US immigration officiaals. They can not look beyond the facts that a) he dresses ‘abnormally’ (in their eyes) and b) he does not live in the US despite having a green card. They only have a limited vision and these people are trained to deal with all sorts of immigration/ asylum seekers, many of them not genuine. If Maulana was not such a straight-forward simple person, he would have asked him to look up the internet and find out who they were dealing with. What I fail to understand is why Maulana would seek a green card in the first place. That seems to have created the confusion in the first place……. Ok, I get it now. Remember, he has been repeatedly threatened by MQM and felt to feel unsafe in Karachi. Than you Mr Altaf Hussain, thank you for forcing our greatest humanitarian to seek safer shelters which eventually led to this unfortunate scenario.

  14. Aik Aur Dewana says:
    January 29th, 2008 5:27 am

    I think we are looking at this too much from our own side. Edhi is a big fish partly because we are a little pond. In America and in west Philanthropists are a dime a dozen who give millions even billions of dollars each year. Americans would have been suspicious by his clothing…anyone would have including Pakistanis if they had not known him

  15. Shiraz Bashir says:
    January 29th, 2008 5:52 am

    Time for action please:
    For people in USA, please write immediately to your States’ Senators and Congressman/ woman. They do take action and reply!

    For contacts:
    http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

    ————————————————————————-
    Here is what I wrote:
    I saw post following post at major Pakistani Newspaper abut Mr. Abdul Satar Edhi.

    “Edhi faces deportation
    By Our Correspondent

    NEW YORK, Jan 28: US authorities have threatened Pakistan

  16. zeeshan swati says:
    January 29th, 2008 5:58 am

    i honestly think officials of united states homeland security and immigration needs more trainings,education and information about other cultures and societies and as a nation their education system needs looking into it because they deserve someone with knowledge to be their leader what else can the world expect with their present setup.

  17. Roaid says:
    January 29th, 2008 6:27 am

    Edhi is doing it for Creator he doesnt want anything from his creatures thats the purity of his intentions so every true failthfull will be tested in this world. I am not surprised what happened to him and whats happening.

  18. Eidee Man says:
    January 29th, 2008 6:29 am

    Well, here is an opportunity for those of you who are U.S. citizens to exercise your rights to freedom of speech. We have all wondered why the well-to-do in Pakistan do not speak up against injustice…even though in Pakistan doing so pretty much always means risking your life. Things in the U.S. are different, no one is going to do anything to you for just registering your protest.

    Let’s see how our expatriates, who always have such great advice for those living in Pakistan, apply it themselves.

  19. PakTurk says:
    January 29th, 2008 7:04 am

    What happened to Mr Edhi is pretty sad.

    But the most useless comment I read was by Mr. Unkown at January 29th, 2008 2:24 am .

    I dont understand why Musharref is accused or as a matter of fact anyone. Why this useless Unkown guy has to comment like this. Its not Musharref comments about terrorism that is creating problem its the actions of most of the Pakistani that should be under question.

    Most of all if someone useless back minded people are trying to ruin the country then they should be delt by force. I mean holding poor student as hostages…for god sake. Stop supporting such back minded useless people and stop blaming anyone.

  20. Mudassar says:
    January 29th, 2008 7:36 am

    very well said Eidee Man, at this point in time we need to stand by each other to show the world we are united

  21. January 29th, 2008 7:53 am

    A deplorable act, I am speechless.

  22. Rahim Khan says:
    January 29th, 2008 8:20 am

    Instead of getting emotional, we need more facts on this situation. As most of us know, on green card, one cannot stay for long periods outside USA, or upon return your gc maybe canceled and you are subject to deportation. Looks like that what happened, but this is all speculation till we have facts.

  23. Shiraz says:
    January 29th, 2008 8:29 am

    Guys and Girls in USA..please write to US Senators and Congress(wo)men ..otherwise we will get 100 more comments and something next will come up and we will get distracted..

    It takes 5 minutes to wirte a email to your Senator.
    Do it now please.

    Remember, we dont need to explain this issue to purselves. WE KNOW IT IS BAD!

    But INFORM US Senators and Congress(wo)men.

    thanks,
    shiraz

  24. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    January 29th, 2008 8:41 am

    Eidee Man is so right. These expat Pakistanis have a lot to offer in terms of advice to their “lowly” country men, yet when it comes to action they are as good as a dead horse.

  25. Hamza says:
    January 29th, 2008 8:49 am

    At this moment, we can make a comparison between the angry reaction of the foreign office to the deportation of Chaudhry Shujaat’s brother and the resounding silence that has prevailed after one of Pakistan’s most beloved individuals, Abdus Sattar Edhi, was treated badly by the U.S. immigration.

    It shows what the priorities of our government is….

  26. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 29th, 2008 8:53 am

    @Shiraz,

    very good idea !

    @ To all commentators disturbed by this disgusting
    attitude !

    Seekh ja’ain agar, apni qaum ki qadr karna
    Nobel kia chize hay, zamin par lay’ain Aftab

  27. Tina says:
    January 29th, 2008 9:10 am

    The basic truth has already been commented on: namely that U.S. immigration offices esp. in airports are understaffed and the officers are undertrained. An extremely military, intimidating atmosphere prevails but really these are lowly paid clerks who can’t do much more than racially profile “suspicious” people.

    Because these officers are among the less educated Americans, naturally they think America is the best and everyone is trying to trick them and deceive them to live illegally in their wonderful country!

    With this in mind, the sight of someone with a green card who doesn’t reside in the States–first thing they think is, he runs a terrorist camp in Afghanistan…they have been trained to think so.

    It’s really gone downhill in the last 10 years. Now its very long lines, a lot of chaos, lots of uniformed people with weapons (and shaved heads!) standing around doing nothing, while people with babies and elderly passengers miss their connecting flights, all while trying to get through immigration. I find the officers friendly once I get up to them, but the waits are so long and they have so many things to check…its really better not to stand out in any way.

    A real terrorist would know this and don jeans and a baseball cap, and not try to go through JFK dressed like Mr. Edhi.

    When the Bush presidency ends some of it might get better. It would be nice to have an open, friendly atmosphere when one arrives in America instead of the first impression one gets now.

    Shame on JFK immigration officers, but I am not surprised….

  28. Pervaiz Munir Alvi says:
    January 29th, 2008 9:25 am

    The indignation at an American airport towards Maulana is not atypical. For the past two or three decades most Muslims entering the USA and other Western countries face some degree of humiliation at the hands of immigration and custom officials. Some of it has to do with the world wide ‘jihad’ declared against the West by some of our brothers; and some of it has to do with our own behavior. Many of our people, mostly due to the poor economic conditions back home try, and in fact do, enter the Western countries by illegal means. Many of us, once in a foreign country indulge in illegal, dubious and fraudulent activities. Mostly due to our own activities we have created a very negative image for our self in the West. The result is that the good and honest among us, like the reverend Moulana have to pay the price. It is not the way he dresses; it is the perception of the people who dress like him that detained him at the airport. We need to look inward first. Let us educate our own people first.

  29. RE says:
    January 29th, 2008 9:54 am

    now this is sad. Musharraf must get involved and do something about this.

  30. TEE BEE says:
    January 29th, 2008 11:04 am

    chk the video here :

    **********************
    http://www.vidpk.com/view_video.php?vid=7422
    **********************

  31. January 29th, 2008 11:05 am

    Nobel prize for peace is given after lobbying I wouldnt be surprized if bush gets one. secondly US govt would be itself ashamed if it takes any such steps. I hope things get smooth.

  32. zia m says:
    January 29th, 2008 11:35 am

    Shows how effective Homeland security Department really is.
    They could have googled Mr Edhi’s name and avoided this deplorable mishap. We should also send emails to white House along with the senators.

  33. Roshan says:
    January 29th, 2008 11:46 am

    Its lamentable to know that Edhi sahab was detained for eight hours.
    Its completely a profiling on behalf of U.S. immigration. The Muslims of today are as apartheid as Jews in Europe, African Americans in U.S. and Blacks in South Africans were in recent history.
    One always find this discrimination on various international airports, particularly if someone is carrying a passport of a specific country or physical appearance shows him a muslim.

  34. Aik Aur Dewana says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:00 pm

    “One always find this discrimination on various international airports, particularly if someone is carrying a passport of a specific country or physical appearance shows him a muslim.”

    Passport of that particular country also carries a column for religion. This is religious profiling too, don’t you think?

  35. Aik Aur Dewana says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:09 pm

    I don’t see the problem with US doing religious profiling as every official form in Pakistan; Passport, ID Card, Application to educational institutions or a government job includes religious profiling information. What is wrong with US government doing the same?

  36. Raj says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:11 pm

    It is a moment of shame for the humanity, that noble people like Dr. Edhi has been treated like this. I have no words but to pray for him.

  37. RE says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:30 pm

    My stomach can not take this news. May be Pakistan deport some American social workers from Pakistan as protest?

  38. RE says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:34 pm
  39. Moiz says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:48 pm

    I think Edhi is a great man, infact the greatest social worker to live in our times. But i do know that US law requires all people with green card to actually be physically present in US for certain minimum lengths of time to certify the fact that they intend to reside permanently in the US. Afterall the explicit and implicit purpose of a green card is to get a blue passport. So like everyone else don’t you think Edhi needs to abide by that rule?
    It is another thing that i personally think that people like edhi should have no bars on worldwide travel.

  40. RE says:
    January 29th, 2008 12:57 pm

    Moiz

    Good Point I think he should give up his Green Card as he can always get visa to enter into USA. But God knows may be this news will bring Edhi’s name on the table of noble peace prize team.

  41. Abid says:
    January 29th, 2008 1:00 pm
  42. Ahsan says:
    January 29th, 2008 1:22 pm

    US has humiliated so many prominent and non-prominent Muslims w/o US passport on her ports, thats not new news.

    But why do these prominent Muslims subject themselves to such humiliation, with advance knowledge of bad behavior of DHS officials, degrading interviews, long airport detentions, deportations. I don’t get it.

  43. RJ says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:07 pm

    This is a sad news but not shocking. We all know the behavior of American Immigration and their senseless and rude attitude. One thing that I might miss or want to ask (if some one know) did he really violate any immigration law; or it’s just blunt arrogance from US immigration?

  44. In Defence of Sattar Edhi says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:11 pm

    The reasons why America is able to humiliate Maulana Edhi are as follows:

    1. Pakistan is ruled by a neo-colonial puppet instead of a democratically elected leader who exhorts his masters in London and Washington to emulate his example in massacring Muslims

    2. In his current visit to London Pervez Musharraf also encouraged the British government to ban legal non-violent Muslim organisations and treat Muslims as third-class citizens.

    3. Since Pakistan’s leadership is not only servile and obsequious to London and Washington but also unrepresentative, nobody cares what Pervert Musharraf and the rest of Pakistan have to say in any case.

    4. Pervez Musharraf is too busy seeking asylum in Israel: a country, which will sooner or later be wiped off the map

    5. America’s Christian majority and the thousands of one-eyed and one-legged “veterans” have obviously learnt nothing from Iraq and Afghanistan since they still entrust Zionists like Michael Chertoff with their national security who are out to destroy America.

    6. America’s public humiliation of Sattar Edhi demonstrates the Zionists’ contempt for their colony called Pakistan—if a third-class immigration official can humiliate the kindest and most illustrious of Pakistanis it speaks volumes of what America thinks of the rest of Pakistan….

  45. Mustafa says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:13 pm

    It is definitely very unfortunate to see a person like Mr. Edhi go through all this. Earlier this year, it took me 4 hours (carrying green passport) at JFK to get through Border Control and Home Land Security, while my wife (carrying red passport) breezed through immigration.

    I missed my connection and was treated as if I was a suspect in a major investigation or some sort of federal crime. It is a horrible experience to enter the US on a green passport esp. if you are a young male muslim. I even saw some Pakistani-Americans (blue passport holders) getting treated the same way.

  46. Abid says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:30 pm

    @RJ
    Mr. Edhi visits U.S. frequently and has many Edhi Foundation offices there. His Green Card has NOT lapsed. His only crime is his

  47. Kabir Das says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:49 pm

    There is no need to get emotional about it. Let us look at this incident objectively bearing following points in mind:
    1. There is no doubt Edhi is the greatest philanthropist of Pakistan and well known here.
    2. It does not mean Edhi will be equally well known in America.
    3. In America there are hundreds of philanthropists who give away in charity billions of dollars.
    4. Knowledge of an average American about a third world country’s history and geography is quite understandably poor.
    5. What happened in America on 9/11 they have to take all kind of precautionary measures to protect themselves from repetition of a similar incident.
    6. The precautionary measures adopted by them are bound to cause some inconvenience to people travelling to America and to their own citizen living in America.
    7. There is rule of law in America unlike our own country. Whatever the law, good or bad, will be applicable to all, rich or poor, big or small without discrimination. Just because Edhi is a great man does not mean he will be above the law.
    9. Green Card is a previlage which America so genrously grants people of other countries. It has every right to see this previlage is not misused.
    10. I am not sure if their checking is random or involves some profiling. They deny profiling. I would say they would be quite justified if they do some profiling. After all it can’t be denied that a large number of terrorists are operating in and from Pakistan and all terrorists happen to be Muslims though all Muslims are not terrorists.
    11. We are raising such an hue and cry over this matter as if we are the champion of human rights.

    In the end I would just say that it indeed saddened me to see what happened to a person like Edhi but I do not blame America for it. I blame ourselves for it.

  48. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 29th, 2008 2:55 pm

    @ How about Geo TV’s Bhands and Mirassis ?
    have they spoken about this disgusting news
    on Edhi or they keep silence as usual, American
    synthetic donkeys.

  49. gallian says:
    January 29th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Is there any way we can contribute in getting a wider attention….I think this is the last nail in the coffin of our national pride….or whatever is left of it. Thanks ATP for letting us know but, please don’t get me wrong, what can we do about it except for mulling over it.

  50. Mohammed Abbasi says:
    January 29th, 2008 3:53 pm

    This is shameful and embarrasing especially for those who are trying their damn most to encourage peace and dialogue between the US and Muslims.

    The only thing Edhi sahib is guilty of is caring and working for other people, we need to get this out to all people muslim and non musli, pakistani and non pakistani – the racist and bigoted treatment Maulana Edhi has suffered is a blot against us all – let us defend Edhi regardless of our backgrounds, write to all your freinds with a brief description of who Edhi sahib is and why we defend him and let all protect him and people like him.

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637197927

  51. Malique says:
    January 29th, 2008 4:52 pm

    Can it get any worse?
    At least an official apology from US shall immediately be demanded by Pakistan foriegn office.

  52. Eidee Man says:
    January 29th, 2008 5:30 pm

    Like I said earlier, expats are so awesome in their pontifications on what Pakistanis should do; in fact, they keep referring to how the system in Pakistan is so backward. However, they find it difficult to even write a letter, which is their legal right, in defense of this person. It does not surprise me though; the same people gave perhaps the most rousing welcome to people like Musharraf not too long ago.

  53. January 29th, 2008 5:34 pm

    Can someone advise Homeland security what kind of a PR debacle this is for the United States,
    especially in Pakistan?

    Maybe Senator Biden? Kuchineck? Atleast someone can
    use this as fodder in a debate? How do we make this a
    shameful event into an example.

  54. meengla says:
    January 29th, 2008 6:08 pm

    1) I do like it that this thread has moved at least a bit away from what I call ‘All too Pakistaniat’ by bringing in the influence of foreign factors in Pakistan. Much of what ails Pakistan currently, indeed the imposition of Musharraf by Americans, is related to the perpetual war on terror.
    2) It is easy to expect a ‘lowly’ clerk at the immigration counter to racially profile when the topmost Republican presidential candidates are blowing the trumpet of ‘Islamic Fascism’ everyday.
    3) http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=92156
    “Yes, there are alternatives to the US. One, beg Saudi Arabia to buy 30 percent of all our exports (Saudi Arabia currently buys 1.8 percent of our exports). Two, beg China to invest $1 billion every five months into Pakistan (for July-November 2007 China invested $7.3 million and the U.S. $1 billion).”
    4) Once one of our leaders may have said that we could ‘eat grass’ but we now have no fortitude like that, not even like that of Brazil who is paying in kind to the citizens of America at Brazil’s airport.
    5) Finally, indeed Mr. Edhi was targeted because of his ‘looks’ and that makes it very sad, considering that we human need to build bridges instead of bringing down the few that exist. He may have been in violation of some immigration law but the crassness of the ‘lowly’ clerk cannot be ignored either.

  55. Abid says:
    January 29th, 2008 6:59 pm

    1-Holder of GC may legally enter after less than 1 year of absence from U.S.
    2-Getting a GC instead of longterm visa

  56. Daktar says:
    January 29th, 2008 11:26 pm

    I must say that many of the comments here are quite petty and sad. Seems like little concern about Edhi Sahib and his stature and trying to score cheap points about whatever one’s hobby horse is. But most funny are comments from people (at least some of whom from previous comments are themselves Pakistanis living abroad) about how pathetic Pakistanis abroad (i.e., they themselves) are! All these Najoomi types seem to know exactly what other Pakistanis abroad (like themselves) would NOT do. Wow. Speak about self-importance and arrogance, these guys can read other’s minds.

    But most sad is that for all of this big talk most comments seem to be about making cheap political points rather than commenting on why a great man was treated so shabbily.

  57. January 29th, 2008 11:39 pm

    Update, from The News:

    ISLAMABAD: The government has taken a stern and serious view of the treatment meted out to renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, who was interrogated in the US and his travelling documents taken away.

    The Foreign Office says that it is in touch with the US authorities on the matter who have held out an assurance that they would get back to the government. The entire country has been shocked by the uncalled for action by the US authorities, which have shown no regard for this aging icon, whose only aim in life is to help the sick and needy.

    But in a country where a presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton thinks that President Pervez Musharraf is taking part in the parliamentary elections next month, how can ordinary US immigration staff be aware of Abdul Sattar Edhi.

    President Pervez Musharraf in one of his meetings with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a visit to Washington some time back had raised the issue of the continuing harassment that Abdul Sattar Edhi faced each time he entered the US. Edhi has centres in the US as well.

    “The issue that has surfaced right now has a background. Each time Edhi went to the US he was asked to wait for hours for special security clearance. Rice had assured Musharraf that this would end and for quite a few visits Edhi had smooth sailing. But lately this has started again”, western diplomatic sources told ‘The News’.

    But on January 9 the same exercise was repeated and Pakistan’s missions in Washington and New York held meetings with State Department and other concerned departments. Another meeting also took place on Monday and yet another one is expected on Thursday.

    “There was report of fire in one of the Edhi Centres in Karachi and Edhi wanted to return. But his green card was to be re-examined by the US authorities on February 20. Edhi sources say that he had told the US authorities to give him an early date as his documents are in order. Now the US authorities have told the Pakistan government that they would meet them on Thursday.

    Interestingly, the Foreign Office, unlike in the past, has not issued any formal statement on the matter but, instead, the spokesperson has been talking to media persons who have contacted him.

  58. January 30th, 2008 1:06 am

    Actually, I think Edhi is at fault.

    With Green Card, he is suppose to show that he intends to live

  59. D_a_n says:
    January 30th, 2008 1:18 am

    @ zindagi ki Diary…

    There is NO rule that you have reside permanently in the states….if you know otherwise then please elaborate….if not, then Id advise you to disown comment of yours…..

    I cannot seriously believe that someone…that too a pakistani would ever in any way condone or even ‘try to understand’ this treatment meted out to the BEST amongst the populace of this sorry dominion that is our home…

    for shame! for shame!

  60. Wils says:
    January 30th, 2008 1:50 am

    What does one do if 95% pakistanis have Jihadi connection, Western nations need to protect their borders, no one intends to be disrespectful, we are being only protective.

  61. libertarian says:
    January 30th, 2008 2:46 am

    Good grief. The outrage for detaining a guy who seemed to abuse the privilege of his Green Card is difficult to comprehend. He was detained for 8 hours, not incarcerated for decades like Mandela. And yes – nobody in US gives a rip who Edhi was/is.

  62. Roaid says:
    January 30th, 2008 7:29 am

    Regarding few of the comments i read earlier if you knew his struggles for humanity not only in pakistan but all arround the world you wont say what if a guy is detained excuse me but Americans have no knowledge about humanitarian work going on all arround the world except war on terrorr and who exactly this terrorr is from to be honest Most people are scared and terrorrized of america at present situation. And 95 percent of Pakistani has connections your facts and figures are just like wild guessess of typical Americans who guessed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. May the rest of the world be saved from both sides of Extremists.

  63. Eidee Man says:
    January 30th, 2008 7:41 am

    “There is NO rule that you have reside permanently in the states

  64. January 30th, 2008 10:39 am

    Yes sir !

    There is a rule. Its called Green card but actual word for card is ‘Lawful permanent resident’ (LPR). And even if you reside in other country, you have to continue to file tax like all other citizens in USA. And one of the requirement of maintaining Permanent Residence or condition of abandoning permanent resident status if a person “Move to another country intending to live there permanently” (actual words). And where do Edhi lives permanently ?

    Interestingly, why he doesn’t give up green card. If its so humiliating, just give them back.

    Said above, I think, US immigration is at fault too behind this whole fiasco. They had no right to Q someone’s clothing or appearaane !

    But we jump on story and conclusion without knowing all facts !!

    (Adil ko ATP chalane ke liye ‘sensational stories’ ki talash rehti hai)

  65. whole LOTA love says:
    January 30th, 2008 11:45 am

    zindagi-ki-diary

    dont play with the law, its a general practice of the US immigration personnel to create problem for muslims having religious look.

    want to remind you the deportation of KATE STEVENS (youisuf islam)world renowned Brit artist (embraced islam in 70s at the peak of his career).

    Why did they deport him , any clue?????

    Link,
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,701009,00.html

  66. SID says:
    January 30th, 2008 11:55 am

    Maulana Edhi is a global icon not just a Pakistani. Some of the comments here are ignorant and hurtful themselves. The self-centeredness of some comments trying to make this about themselves is sad. This is like humiliation to Bishop Desmod Tutu or Mother Teresa. The fact is that there were also people, like some here, who did not understand their greatness, so Mualana Edhi is not the first.

  67. Abid says:
    January 30th, 2008 1:05 pm

    Reading the comments of a few who for

  68. zia m says:
    January 30th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Just heard the good news Edhi Sahib got his papers back and the issue has been resolved.

  69. NAVEED sIDDIQUI says:
    January 30th, 2008 2:45 pm

    salam,This is our bad-luck.For shujaat,s brother govt. of pakistan protested but nothing done for eidhi.Geo Musharraf

  70. libertarian says:
    January 30th, 2008 2:49 pm

    Abid:

  71. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    January 30th, 2008 3:32 pm

    @Wils

    From where did you get this stupid figure of 95% Pakistanis having jihadi connection? Or is it just another figment of your imagination?

  72. Noor Muhammad says:
    January 30th, 2008 11:37 pm

    American air port officials are some of the most ignorant people on the face of earth, it seems. If America had a hero of Edhi’s stature I am sure most of the Pakistani kids would have known one or two facts about him/her.

  73. Samir says:
    January 31st, 2008 12:38 am

    Bravo! got him! cheers, another one in our net!

    Pathetic, if these are the lines along which the US authorities are thinking while “invesitgating’ Mr. Edhi! makes one wonderi if good really outdoes “evil”, or is to be accepted that the might US authorities are ‘PERFCT’ in every imaginable way themselves!

    Mr. Edhi’s work and mission is FAR superior and way more venerable than these self assume saints US Authorities can even BEGIN to taste, lets alone Digest! Needless to say how distressing this incident is to those who will keep on asking for a harrasment free world …… why cant these mighty US Authorities work toward that, it will elevate them much higher in perception!

  74. Ghulam Mujtaba says:
    January 31st, 2008 1:11 am

    They think thats how they will stop nobel peeple to grow in numbers.. but they really dont know when ever in past they did same stupid acts they paid.
    anyway Ehdi is not a simple long beard,ordinary looking cloths wearing person.. he is the man whom Allah choosen to serve the needy person and Allah will protect him.. we will see InshAllah

  75. Necromancer says:
    January 31st, 2008 4:12 pm

    Al-Qaeda and it’s likes have scored a victory by blowing in the minds of Yankee Doodle’s a phobia that seems to last the better half of this century.
    While noble people of high standing face such “Attitudes” one questions why is the US of A not showing enough dexterity in going after the real culprits; who are still at large after five years.
    So what next……?

  76. Usman says:
    February 1st, 2008 6:38 am

    Here is a man who deserves Nobel Prize for this humanitarian work. The west & the extremists are equally responsible for this disrespect and humiliation of many others.
    We must improve our image in the west by proving our true nature and fight against the extremism at the same time.

  77. Arif says:
    February 1st, 2008 12:42 pm

    I do not see anything wrong if Americans do not want someone in their country. They do not owe any explanation for not allowing anyone in their own country. Rather I often wonder why western countries allow us at all in their countries. First we got a country for ourselves, completely messed it up and then we go to other countries to create new problems for them. If at all a Pakistani name comes up in world news, it is almost invariably for the wrong reasons. Look at UK. They offerred their hospitality to Pakistani and what they are now getting in return. Unless we improve ourselves, we will continue to be treated as dogs. Why complain?

  78. Kasim Mahmood says:
    February 2nd, 2008 2:20 pm

    First of all, western countries don’t open their doors out of hospitality but to meet their economic needs. Like in real life, it’s usually the poor countries that have opened their hearts unconditionally to accommodate refugees. But coming back to how Idhi got treated at a USA port is less important. More alarming is how Pakistani political parties including MQM, PPP and PML have put road blocks in his path, while at the same time politicizing his contributions. At one time, his life was in danger because of MQM’s animosity. First we need to clean our house before criticizing Americans or for that matter any other country.

  79. February 5th, 2008 2:50 am

    We all condemmed the intorogation of Abdul Sattar Edhi. The action taken by American against such great man show their attitude against Pakistanis. They behave so due to the way he looks and dress. The greater shame is that no bold step was taken by Pakistani government, just ‘we condem this act’.

  80. February 6th, 2008 7:27 am

    Edhi is a great man of this worlld

  81. SYED says:
    February 11th, 2008 1:20 pm

    hi all
    Being a pakistani citizen livin in the uk i wudnt have have found this article surprising if it was about another pakistani citizen….
    But this time “these ppl” have crossed al limits of being racist and facist the worst part is that pakistani ppl living in uk and us never found these americans and britishers to be racist at all ….. the grudge these americans and britishers have got against us is un compareable … its true that they hate us and to show their might and hieght of hatred they have now accused our best man, its all to let us know that whatever we do no matter how successful we are we will stil remain a PAKI in their eyes … the way they treat our ppl on every day basis is horrifying i see poor pakistani ladies being called ” a mad paki ” on the street but as she belongs to the most remote areas of pakistan all she could do is to smile and say thank you …. i think its all up to the pakistanis living in these western countries to tell their so called rulers that they are no t insects …. most of our ppl living in these countries feel so ashamed to call themselves pakistanis that they wud rather call themselves indians ( esp pakistanis in canada ) … its all because of the image that these people have drawn about themselves in american mind …. they came from pakistan as cheap labour now their children come on assylum and marriage visas and all they do is milk these countrys benefit system and do tax fraud plus if they are asked about their beloved land all they have to say is ” oh dnt ask about pakistan, oh please dnt send us back, oh pakistan is a bad place, oh GOVT will kill us in pakistan ” this is what americans get to hear from assylum seekers from pakistan every day this will definately not cast a good image of of our country and its ppl …..

  82. Asif Beg says:
    February 11th, 2008 7:45 pm

    @Syed:

  83. Pakturk says:
    May 31st, 2008 5:50 am

    As Edhi works for the sake of humanity, he hasnt lost anything but has surely got the pleasure of the creator of the Universe (ALLAH.J.J). What if we all start to work like Edhi not exact like but at least little. If we could not get any wordly reward, We challeneg that if you work for the sake of humanity without expecting any thing, you will get the reward from your LORD in the hearafter. We hope that you have at least got something from our left message. Fe Amman Allah.

  84. Fatima says:
    July 4th, 2008 4:28 pm

    First of all…….I salute Dr. Edhi sahab!!
    Secoondly, i am proud to be a Pakistani.
    And I do not live in Pakistan!!But i would rather die than lie about my country and where i am from and the country and land and people which are my identity!!

    I AM PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI!! Always have been and always will be!!
    Allah bless Pakistan and make us a better nation!Ameen!

  85. EX BOY FRIEND OF SARAH says:
    October 26th, 2010 6:00 am

    WHAT EDHI WHAT NOBLE PEOPLE

    THEY ARE CHEATERS, THEIR GRAND DAUGHTER WAS MY EX GIRL FRIEND

    AND SHE DUMPED ME AND ELOPED WITH AN IDIOT BECAUSE SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH HIS CHILD..

    IF EVER THESE WERE GOOD PEOPLE, THIS LADY WOULD NOT DO WHAT SHE DID!

    GIRLS WHO COME FROM GOOD FAMILIES DONT DO SUCH THINGS!

    AND HER REAL NAME IS ZULEKHA EDHI – I USE TO CALL HER SARAH

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