Abdul Sattar Edhi
Why did the death of a Pakistani philanthropist—once touted as the world’s greatest humanitarian—garner such little focus
Abdul Sattar Edhi -- a man widely dubbed as "Father Teresa" -- recently lost his hard-fought battle against renal failure. Revered as a national and international hero, Edhi established an empire of heartfelt philanthropy from scratch.
"He was the real manifestation of love for those who were socially vulnerable, impoverished, helpless and poor."
Last winter, as I reported in Pakistan, there was one question people shot back at me in every interview: "Why doesn't the media cover anything good?" Now, Pakistanis say they finally have something to celebrate: Malala -- and her good news on front pages in America and beyond.
“I sat around some people who were actually quite critical of Edhi and quite critical of the work he had done,” says Mullick
Being young and alone, I had to think of ways to get across the message. Now the only tools I had were my cellphone, my laptop and the Internet.
Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, has written a most readable, informative, entertaining, and provocative narrative of contemporary Karachi. I recently had an email discussion with Inskeep about the city and the region.
There always remains room for improvement and the "committee" can also upgrade its awarding process and make it more transparent. But, the question remains the same. Will they actually do it?