Bilquis Edhi passes away at 74

Bilquis Bano Edhi, the wife of renowned humanitarian and philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, passed away at the age 74 on Friday after a brief hospitalization.

Earlier today, her family had said that her condition had stabilised. She was admitted to a hospital in Karachi for three days and was rushed, thereafter her blood pressure had suddenly dropped. According to an Edhi Foundation spokesperson, Bilquis was ill for the last one month.

“Though she is not in a serious condition, she will remain the hospiatl for a couple of more days,” the spokesperson for the Edhi Foundation Muhammad Bilal had said.

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Bilal had added that Bilquis had congestive heart failure and she has already undergone a heart bypass twice.

First Lady Tehmina Durrani had also visited during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s maiden visit to the port city on Wednesday.

Earlier, Pakistan’s towering philanthropist and humanitarian was declared the “Person of the Decade”, along with human rights rapporteur of the UN Prof Yanghee Lee and the US ethicist Stephen Soldz.

A spokesperson for the Edhi Foundarion had told APP that as per the domino effect verdict, announced on Friday by the Impact Hallmarks, Bilquis Edhi was the most impactful person of the first two decades of the 21st century.

Bilquis was a professional nurse and headed the Bilquis Edhi Foundation. Abdul Sattar Edhi had proposed to her and they got married in April 1996.

She spent more than six decades for her life serving humanity in need.

Her charity has saved over 42,000 unwanted babies so far by placing “jhoolas” (cradles) at the Edhi Homes and centres across the country.

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She leaves behind four children, Faisal, Kubra, Zeenat and Almas from her marriage with Abdul Sattar Edhi.

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