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Edhi has accepted PM's crore donation: Govt
Tuesday October 27, 2015 7:25 PM, IANS

[Ms. Geeta, a differently-abled Indian woman who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan, a decade ago, meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi after her return to India, in New Delhi on October 26, 2015..]

New Delhi:
The government on Tuesday said Pakistani social worker Bilqis Bano Edhi of Edhi Foundation has accepted Rs.1 crore as donation given to the foundation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the prime minister had made the donation offer to her.

"Bilqis gratefully accepted that donation," Swarup said. "We have talked to her recently."

Geeta, a young speech and hearing impaired Indian woman left stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, arrived here on Monday.

Pakistani media earlier in the day claimed that the foundation has refused to accept Prime Minister Modi's donation.

"Edhi has thanked Modi and politely declined to accept his announced financial help," the Dawn quoted Edhi Foundation spokesman Anwar Kazmi as saying.

Kazmi said Edhi's son, Faisal Edhi, will address the media in this regard in Karachi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Monday offered Rs.1 crore to Pakistan's Edhi Foundation for taking care of Geeta, a deaf and mute young Indian woman who was stranded there for over a decade.

"I don't think any amount of words are enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness and compassion," Modi tweeted.

"What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs.1 crore to their foundation," Modi said.

The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare programme in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. He is popularly known as Pakistan's "Father Teresa".

Separately, Modi welcomed Geeta on her return to India.

"It is truly wonderful to have you back home. Was truly a delight to spend time with you today," he said.

He also expressed his gratitude to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his efforts that ensured Geeta's return to India.


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