Rescue operations of the Edhi Foundation have been suffering due to the disinterest of the federal government that has failed to grant permission to the charity to sell more than 300 of its heavy-duty vehicles, despite repeated requests. In order to generate funds to replace the “obsolete and useless” ones, they need permission to sell them in order to buy new vehicles required to partake in rescue operations. According to the organisation they requested the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the finance ministry a number of times but did not receive a single reply.

The pressing need of new vehicles were felt in the wake of a suicide attack on the shrine of Bilawal Shah Noorani in Khuzdar district in which more than 50 people were killed and scores of others injured. Edhi Foundation couldn’t mobilise its heavy-duty vehicles, which caused delays in rescue and evacuation operations.

When the deadly fire at the Gadani ship-breaking yard broke out and became a daunting task for the firefighters, Edhi Foundation workers were the first and the last ones to leave the scene. After that incident it was also highlighted that the organisation did not have sufficient rescue equipment to counter an event of this proportion. The ship-breaking industry is a billion dollar one and yet it does not have its own rescue department.

As of March 2016, the Edhi Foundation owns over 1,800 private ambulance vans stationed in areas across Pakistan, making it the largest provider of emergency services in the country. The ambulance dispatchers in Karachi, one of the busiest cities in Pakistan, have reported up to 6,000 calls a day, with the average response time for each incident falling within 10 minutes, a feat even the rescue 1122 service has not been able to accomplish. The federal government owes it to the Edhi foundation to ensure they are facilitated in every way possible for the great service they are providing to the people of this country, even if that means signing a piece of paper when it is required of them.