KARACHI: Mother of Orphans and unwanted children and Pakistan’s greatest female social workers Bilquis Bano Edhi, passed away on Friday in Karachi. She was 74.
Edhi Foundation spokesperson Muhammad Bilal said she had been suffering from heart and lung issues. She had been admitted to a private hospital a few days ago, where she died of congestive heart failure.
Bilquis was the wife of renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. They got married in April 1966. After her husband’s death in 2016, she co-chaired the Edhi Foundation with her son Faisal. Born in Karachi in 1947, she was a nurse by profession. She was awarded the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for her outstanding services for the well-being of unwanted children. She was also a recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize.
The Edhi Foundation Spokesperson Muhammad Bilal had said that though she is not in a serious condition, she will remain in the hospital for a couple of more days, adding that Bilquis had congestive heart failure and already undergone a heart bypass twice.