Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of the Edhi Foundation, is the most renowned philanthropist in Pakistan. - Photo by Dawn.com

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani proposed on Monday the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi, head of the Edhi Foundation, for the Nobel Peace Prize.

He was talking to Dr Nafisa Sadiq, Special Envoy of UN Secretary General on HIV/Aids for Asia.Dr Nafisa praised the proposal and promised to mobilise support for it at all levels.

Prime Minister Gilani said he was monitoring the polio eradication campaign and the governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, all chief ministers and the prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir were required to submit progress reports on a regular basis.

He said an increase in the number of polio cases in some areas was because of floods and cross-border movements along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Dr Nafisa said the country had a low prevalence of Aids but there was need to spread awareness about the disease.

She appealed to the prime minister to ensure media coverage of the Aids Day being observed across the globe on Dec 1.—APP

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