KARACHI - Abdul Sattar Edhi Foundation has appealed federal and Sindh governments to get vacated the illegal occupation by local influential on Edhi Welfare Centres in various cities and towns of Sindh.

One Edhi Centre had been occupied by land mafia Sindh and Balochistan border town of Hub Balochistan government has also been appealed to come for the remedy. Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday, wife of the world known social worker late Abdul Sattar Edhi, Bilquis Edhi and his son Faisal Edhi alleged that the land mafia enjoyed patronage of certain political parties.

They informed the media that shops and other constructions for commercial activities were made by demolishing the Edhi Welfare Centres serving the humanity especially the poor for last three decades. In some cases, they mentioned, the Centres were locked by these anti-social rather anti humanity elements, whose intention would be the same to convert these signs of human service into commercial centres.

They said the land for these centres was allotted by the National Highway Authority.

“NHA has awarded Edhi Foundation authority in writing to set up these centres at any point on 200 sq meters wide belts of land on both sides of the highways. These belts are the property of the highways authority,” they explained.

The last target was Edhi Welfare Centre in Thatta which was successfully functioning since 1985 on the roadside NHA land, they said.

Bilguis Edhi, with her eyes filled with tears, cried that Edhi Foundation network was being targeted and destroyed by the land mafia and no one did stop them.

Edhi ambulances and the workers were without any shelter or safety. These evil forces could damage the vehicles and harm the Edhi volunteers.

These illegal occupied Edhi centres were in Lateefabad (Hyderabad), Moro and Qazi Ahmed towns of District Shaheed Benazirabad, Sehwan, Hala Town of Makhdooms, Larkana City and Hub Chowki in Lasbella district, Balochistan.