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Monday, October 27, 2008

Ansar Burney bags Mother Teresa award

Noted Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney has received numerous awards and accolades. But this was special. "Yeh dil se dilko jodne wala award hai (this is an award to join hearts)," remarked Burney, after receiving the 3rd annual Mother Teresa Memorial (International) Awards for Social Justice at a glittering function at Sahara Star Hotel on Sunday. TOI's Teach India campaign was among the recipients of the award. The award has been instituted by the Harmony Foundation.

Burney, who has been instrumental in the release of around seven lakh prisoners around the world, including Indian Kashmir Singh who spent 35 years on death row in a Pakistani prison, became a bit emotional while recalling his fight for the innocents. "They issued fatwa from the mosques against me. My family members were scared to go out for quite some time as they felt threatened. But I remained committed to the cause," he said. "If to save one innocent life, I have to die 10 times, I will not flinch," he said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

an indian agent in Pakistan trying to broker freedom of a killer a terrorist.

This award is not for his services to humanity rather services to India.

October 27, 2008 9:40 AM  

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