Abdul Sattar Edhi in Politics with Atypical Ideologies

  • Shafiq Ur Rehman PhD Scholar, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • Dr. Rizwan Ullah Kokab Associate Professor / Chairman, Department of History and Pakistan Studies, Government College University, Faisalabad
Keywords: Politics, Edhi, Elections, Political Ideology


Few people know that Abdul Sattar Edhi, the renowned social worker, also tried his luck in the political field. This study draws attention to his activities in the political field. It uncovers the political style and ideologies of this future leviathan in social work to find out why and how a genuine social worker could not get a proper place in politics and did not succeed in winning the votes and support of people. Along with the analysis of his electoral contests, his political ideology has also been highlighted in this study. To arrive at its findings the study evaluates the primary as well as secondary sources employing historical methods of research. Multiple sources of primary data like the interviews, biographies, and authentic press reports helped in the formation of the needed evidence for the empirical historical research in this study. It is finally construed that Edhi’s thoughts and style of work in politics did not match with the prevailing political atmosphere and behavior. His realistic approach could not attract a following in the political field where attachment of religious sentiments with politics and deceptive slogans of political characters did not leave any space for a real social worker to succeed.