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Pakistan’s Edhi Foundation offers to help Indian govt manage COVID-19 crisis

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Faisal Edhi, a Pakistani social activist and ‘face’ of the human rights movement, offered to help India deal with Covid. The head of the Edhi Foundation, a public welfare organization, has asked New Delhi for permission to send 50 ambulances and volunteers to India. 

Faisal made the proposal in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

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In a letter to Modi seeking permission to visit India, Faisal wrote, “Many people in India are suffering from corona. We are shocked to see this critical situation. We are sympathetic as neighbors. Faisal said he himself wanted to come to India with a group of Pak volunteers. 

He said in a letter to Modi that the volunteer team comprising ambulance drivers, paramedics and doctors would take part in the fight against covid as directed by the Indian government.

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In his letter, Faisal Edhi said that he seeks to lead the team himself.

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“We are very sorry to hear about the exceptionally heavy impact that the pandemic has had on your country, where a tremendous number of people are suffering immensely…. we would like to extend our help in the form of a fleet of 50 ambulances along with our services to assist you in addressing, and further circumventing, the current health conditions,” the letter addressed to PM Modi said.

Faisal Edhi said that he only seeks permission from the Indian government to enter with the ambulances and a team, including emergency medical technicians, office staff, drivers and supporting staff.

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“We will arrange all the necessary supplies that our team needs to assist the people of India. Importantly, we are not requesting any other assistance from you, as we are providing the fuel, food, and necessary amenities that our team will require,” he said.

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“We only request your permission to enter India as well as any necessary guidance from the local administration and police department,” the letter said.

Edhi Foundation’s offer to help India comes shortly after several Pakistani citizens on Twitter were requesting their Prime Minister Imran Khan to help India in its fight against COVID-19. The hashtag ‘#IndiaNeedsOxygen’ was trending on number one in Pakistan on Friday morning.

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