New Delhi: Pakistan's noted humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi on Tuesday refused to accept Prime Minister Narendra Modi's donation of Rs 1 crore to his charity.
"Abdul Sattar Edhi has thanked PM Modi and politely declined to accept his announced financial help," Edhi Foundation spokesman Anwar Kazmi was quoted as saying by 'Dawn' news.
Kazmi said Edhi's son, Faisal Edhi, will be addressing a press conference in this regard at 4:30 pm at the Karachi Press Club.
PM Modi had on Monday announced the contribution to the charity after the return of hearing and speech impaired girl Geeta to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 on Monday.
“What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs 10 million for their foundation,” said another tweet from PM Modi.
PM Modi also expressed his gratitude to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his efforts that ensured Geeta's return to India.
The Edhi Foundation is a non-profit social welfare NGO in Pakistan, founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1951. He is popularly known as Pakistan's "Father Teresa".