Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi.—File Photo

OSLO: Russian dissidents and religious leaders working for Muslim-Christian reconciliation are among the favourites to win the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize when the result is announced on Friday.

The year has brought few notable peace breakthroughs, leaving an unusually large selection of names in circulation and perhaps increasing the chance of a surprise winner.

The betting agency Unibet favours Maggie Gobran, a Coptic Christian nun who runs a children’s mission in Cairo, giving her a 13 per cent chance of winning.

Others mentioned include Pakistani philanthropist and welfare worker Abdul Sattar Edhi and Nigerian religious leaders John Onaiyekan and Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar, who have helped to calm their country’s Christian-Muslim violence this year.

A direct recognition of the Arab Spring is unlikely, however, as the committee gave part of its 2011 award to the journalist Tawakkol Karman to recognise her work in Yemen’s transformation, and it rarely visits an issue two years running.

“I’m pretty sure the committee would like to honour the monumental events in the Middle East,” said Jan Egeland, the Director of Human Rights Watch Europe.

“But as the Arab Spring turns to ‘autumn’, this is becoming very difficult, so an approach may be to look at those who work for dialogue among religions,” said Egeland, a former United Nations under-secretary-general.

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Khalq e Khuda
October 12, 2012 8:46 am
By giving Edhi a Nobel Peace Prize Nobel committee would honor Edhi but also itself after more than a few controversial decisions in past years.
Jamshed Khan
October 12, 2012 8:25 am
Only Allah can reward his deeds but it would be good to have a Pakistani Muslim Nobel Prize Winner.
Mustafa Razavi
October 10, 2012 4:51 pm
It would be a lot more meaningful if one of us could win the Nobel prize in sciences. The Nobel prizes for Peace, literature and Economics are all from Western perspective and very much in line with the Western media's portrayal of the world. They are not going to give a Nobel prize to Jinnah or Gandhi for breaking up their empire, yeah yeah I know the Nobel prize is from Sweden not UK.
Mohammad Ali Khan
October 10, 2012 1:22 pm
I wish Pakistanis can institutionalize Mr.Edhi's idea by embracing its philosophy, and enact in their daily lives as their second nature.
October 10, 2012 12:08 pm
May Allah Give Edhi Sahab success and health,He is an asset to this nation and he deserves this award
Asif Kashmiri
October 10, 2012 12:48 pm
You are the man ....
October 11, 2012 3:42 am
Abdul Sattar Edhi absolutely deserves this award.The other Russians and the Nigerians have not been doing the good work for as long as Mr Edhi is doing.
October 11, 2012 7:47 am
Nonel prize or not...what Edhi does is worthy of much more than what a noble peace prize as recognition or acknowledgement. His efforts are as evident as the sun shining in the sky. God bless his soul ever after.
Mustafa Razavi
October 10, 2012 4:34 pm
I doubt if Mr. Edhi would want to be in the same company as Obama, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel and Henry Kissinger, a cocktail of war mongers and hate mongers. Remember it is peace from European perspective.
Malik Jaffar
October 11, 2012 6:35 am
Baba Edhi is great
Agha Ata (USA)
October 10, 2012 12:55 pm
Sattar Edhi is a great man. Especially in a country like Pakistan where playing goodness is no norm. In most develped countries goodness is institutionalized, like in the form of hospitals, police (9.1.1.) schools etc. But Sattar Edhi started his work as a single individual, and evolved in to an instituition within himslef. Being honest and selfless in a country like Pakistan is like shining like a moon among stars.
Pro truth
October 10, 2012 1:47 pm
Looking what Obama has won the peace prize for? Edhi is great beyond that. He deserve the award a long ago, only thing go against him because he is a Pakistani!
October 10, 2012 5:51 pm
I would love to see the award goes to Sattar Edhi. I have personally witnessed his services for the cause of humanity.
Xhizar Zuzat
October 10, 2012 5:51 pm
Prof Abdus Salam was also a Pakistani. Why do you have such a persecution complex?
October 10, 2012 12:22 pm
Men like Edhi are the pride of nation. His efforts and services for humanity is a milestone for young social workers.
Syed Hussain
October 10, 2012 1:07 pm
EDHI Sahib is a very important name of humanity.
October 10, 2012 1:01 pm
He doesnt need recognition by any nobel prize......already a loved and respected person among people
vijay, chennai, India
October 10, 2012 12:17 pm
No doubt he is THE person to get the prize.
October 10, 2012 11:40 am
Edhi is our hero. May Allah give him long life and continued strength.
October 11, 2012 8:15 am
For Edhi that would not be a good reward, there must be more than that!
October 10, 2012 12:31 pm
His level of service is beyond Nobel prize.
October 10, 2012 2:24 pm
Good luck Mr. Edhi. God bless you and Mrs. Edhi.
October 10, 2012 2:28 pm
The humble beginnings yet the magnitude of the work that Abdul Sattar Edhi is doing all over Pakistan is mind boggling. Noble Peace Prize has lost its credibility any way and it is too little for his services to humanity
October 10, 2012 2:29 pm
Abdul Sittar Edhi is a Noble
Imtiaz Faruqui
October 10, 2012 8:12 pm
Mr and Mrs Edhi do not need any peace prize ,he need our love and appreciation ,which we have in abundance for them, Mr Edhi is a living Saint. God bless him and we are thankful for him that he lives in Pakistan.
October 10, 2012 2:34 pm
In fact Govt. of Pakistan herself should announce a "Edhi Peace Prize" in this regard for whole world community
October 10, 2012 2:41 pm
A peace prize?
El Cid
October 10, 2012 10:47 pm
The Noble Committee would be the one honored should Edhi be offered the prize and accept it. Allah's servant Edhi is far above all that. His reward awaits him from Allah's Unbounded Bounty in Eternal Paradise---the unlimited return on his life long 'Khidmet-Kurz a Husna' to Allah's most destitute, blind, widows, orphans, needy and the poor. The Promised return on his 'Kurza a Jariaah', 'Swab a Jariaah' is counting on. He is not done yet. One of Allah's most favored. Allah knows best.
October 10, 2012 6:12 pm
This noble man is beyond any noble prize. His reward is waiting for him in heaven and only Allah can give him the reward for whatever he did for mankind. I wish I could be like him. May Allah bless him with good health.
October 10, 2012 3:12 pm
This institution of Nobel Prizes is a Political Hoax. Edhi should refuse to accept the prize if they announce it. After all they gave the Nobel Peace Prize to the second greatest warmonger in History. I wonder how they forgot Hitler !
Reas Ekbar.
October 10, 2012 7:47 pm
Mr. Abdus Sattar Edhi is humanist. He was awarded Ramen Magsaysay award long back. He donated the proceeds then and there for the deserving in the Philippines. Ramen Magsaysay award is not less than Nobel Peace Prize.
dr vimal raina
October 11, 2012 4:27 am
It will be a great honour for Pakistan and the subcontinent if Mr.Eidhi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact it will increase the esteem with which the Noble Prize is held.
iqbal Hadi Zaidi
October 10, 2012 6:44 pm
I will say with full confidence, conviction and authority that for quite many years Edhi is the best living human on the face of earth to be decorated with Noble Prize but he is ignored simply because he is a Pakistani whom others think none but a terrorist. Had he been the citizen of another country he had been awarded more than once. Attack on Malala gives strength to the notion that Pakistani can be a terrorist and not a selfless social worker like Edhi. I wish Edgi is not ignored this time, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait
Ali Abbas
October 10, 2012 3:50 pm
As Pakistanis we are too busy providing justifications in support of religious extremists even taliban. As nation we can never emulate what Mr. Edhi is doing.
October 11, 2012 8:04 am
Edhi Sb is beyound Nobel Prize.....Edhi Sb is the greatest.....May Allah give him good health and longlife...Ameen
October 10, 2012 7:11 pm
He is the most deserving among all. My best wishes to him.
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