Bilquis Bano Edhi, the widow of philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, died on Friday in Karachi, according to her son Faisal Edhi. She was 74 years old at the time.
She had been suffering from a heart condition.
After her husband’s death in 2016, Bilqis co-chaired Edhi Foundation with her son Faisal, making her one of the country’s most active benefactors. She was born in India’s Bantwa district and moved to Pakistan after Partition. Thousands of unwanted infants have been saved thanks to her and her husband’s charity. She had been suffering from cardiovascular disease for a few days and was receiving treatment at a private hospital.
Bilquis was said to be in stable condition on Thursday after being brought to the hospital earlier this week after her blood pressure plummeted unexpectedly.
Muhammad Bilal, a spokesman for the Edhi Foundation, said that while she is not in critical condition, she would remain in the hospital for a few more days, adding that Bilquis had congestive heart failure and had already undergone two heart bypasses.
Along with UN human rights rapporteur Prof Yanghee Lee and US ethicist Stephen Soldz, Pakistan’s towering philanthropist and humanitarian was named ‘Person of the Decade.’
According to the Impact Hallmarks’ domino effect verdict, Bilquis Edhi was named the most influential person of the first two decades of the twenty-first century, according to a spokeswoman for the Edhi Foundation.
Bilquis Bano Edhi was a registered nurse who served as the director of the Bilquis Edhi Foundation. She dedicated more than six decades of her life to helping those in need. By placing “jhoolas” [cradles] at Edhi Homes and centers across the country, her organization has saved over 42,000 unwanted newborns.
Condolences pour in
People from all walks of life, including Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other political figures, expressed their sorrow over the death of the renowned philanthropist as soon as the news of her death surfaced.
“The passing of Bilquis Edhi is a huge loss for the nation. An incredible woman in her own right, she stood by Edhi sb. like a rock & together they set up an example of human compassion & ran one of the largest philanthropic organizations of the world. May her soul rest in peace!,” wrote the premier on his official Twitter handle.