Published: Sun, July 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Pakistani humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi dies aged 88

Abdul Sattar Edhi - a prominent Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist - has died in the country's largest city, Karachi, after a long illness. Several local and worldwide dignitaries, celebrities and organisations honoured the Pakistani philanthropist for his social work.

Often facing opposition for his secular and humanist views, Edhi is regularly likened to Pakistan's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Many others took to social media to grieve over the loss of the much loved person, who's death was marked with a 19-gun salute.

"Simply a case of merit, no one deserves more than Abdul Sattar Edhi after whom this airport be named His services to the humanity are unmatchable", the petitioner mentioned the reason behind his move.

In June, former president Asif Ali Zardari had offered to send Edhi overseas for treatment but the philanthropist refused saying he prefers to be treated at a government hospital in Pakistan.

Edhi foundation played a significant role in helping Geeta to return to India.

Malala, who received the peace prize in 2014, also repeated her call for him to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

"I have done a lot of work". The speakers said that Edhi's death had created a vacuum which could never be filled. "I want to tell you all, Pakistan and the world, that he is".

Adorned with the green-and-white national flag, a carriage carrying Edhi's body was brought to Karachi's National Cricket Stadium where thousands of mourners, including state dignitaries, were already present.

The KP chief minister laid floral wreath on Edhi's grave at Edhi Village in Karachi.

"He wished to be buried in the same clothes he used to wear".

Edhi had asked to donate his organs to needy patientsm, but only his corneas were fit to be transplante but due to his ailments, only corneas of Maulana Edhi were found fit to be transplanted. However, hours before his death, his condition worsened and he was put on a ventilator.

Edhi was a man of the people, a true example of human empathy, his compassion was overwhelming and his humility was humbling.

The "Soyem" of eminent social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi was held here at New Memon Masjid on Sunday.

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