LONDON: Pakistan’s teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said she had nominated the country’s celebrated humanitarian and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi for Nobel Peace Prize, BBC Urdu reported on Saturday.
“As a Nobel Peace Prize winner, I hold the right to nominate people for the prize and I have nominated Abdul Sattar Edhi,” said Malala.
Edhi, who breathed his last on Friday in Karachi was Pakistan’s greatest humanitarian, his Edhi foundation ran dozens of free hospitals, dispensaries, orphanages, nursing homes, kitchens, shelters for old people and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts all over the country.
Malala, who received the peace prize in 2014, maintained that one must remember that even the coveted Nobel Prize can not be a befitting tribute to Edhi’s services for humanity.
“If we wish to pay tribute to Edhi, it is our responsibility to leave a legacy of service to humanity and if we want to pay tribute to him, it is our responsibility to follow his footsteps,” said Malala.
Malala added that she could never meet the great philanthropist but feels proud and honoured that she had the opportunity to talk to Edhi on phone a number of times. -DN
THE PASHTUN TIMES