Posted by Abdul Alim
Dawn: Pakistan’s most revered social worker has been given round-the-clock protection against an alleged Taliban threat, officials said Friday.
Abdul Sattar Edhi, 85, runs the country’s largest charity, which operates hundreds of ambulances and shelters for women, children and the destitute.
Described as a “living saint” for his modest lifestyle and charitable crusade, Edhi has won international peace awards and is one of Pakistan’s most popular figures.
But for the first time he now has round-the-clock police protection in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city of 18 million where he is based.
“There is a threat to him by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which wants to kidnap him and use him to get their detained militants released in exchange,” a Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Two armed policemen, who each work a 12-hour shift, have been going everywhere with Edhi since June 5, the official said.