Abdul Sattar Edhi laid to rest in Karachi
President, Chairman Senate, Governor Sindh, CM Sindh, CM Punjab and services Chiefs attended funeral prayer of Edhi in Karachi.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali shah, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman , Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah , leaders , workers of different political parties, important personalities and people belonging to all walks of life attended his funeral.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif represented Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the funeral prayer. After the funeral prayer a smartly turned-out Army contingent presented guard of honour.
He was 88.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his profound condolences on the passing away of Edhi "> Edhi ">Abdul Sattar Edhi , saying he was a living example of social justice, compassion and solidarity in action.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was born on 1st January 1928 in Bantva in the Gujarat, India. He was a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, ascetic, and humanitarian. He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation and ran the organization for the better part of six decades. He was was considered Pakistan's "most respected" and legendary figure.
When he was eleven, his mother became paralysed from a stroke and she died when Edhi was 19. His personal experiences and care for his mother during her illness, caused him to develop a system of services for old, mentally ill and challenged people.
The partition of subcontinent led Edhi and his family to migrate to Pakistan in 1947. He then shifted to Karachi to work in a market at a wholesale shop. His mother would give him "1" paisa for his meals and another to give to a beggar. He initially started as a peddler, and later became a commission agent selling cloth in the wholesale market in Karachi. After a few years, he established a free dispensary with help from his community.
Edhi resolved to dedicate his life to aiding the poor, and over the next sixty years, he single handedly changed the face of welfare in Pakistan.
To this day, the Edhi Foundation continues to grow in both size and service, and is currently the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan. Since its inception, the Edhi Foundation has rescued over 20,000 abandoned infants, rehabilitated over 50,000 orphans and has trained over 40,000 nurses.
It also runs more than 330 welfare centres in rural and urban Pakistan which operate as food kitchens, rehabilitation homes, shelters for abandoned women and children and clinics for the mentally handicapped.
The Edhi Foundation, founded by Edhi , runs the world's largest ambulance service (operating 1,500 of them) and offers 24-hour emergency services. It also operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women's shelters, and rehab centres for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals.
It has run relief operations in Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus region, eastern Europe and United States where it provided aid following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His son Faisal Edhi , wife Bilquis Edhi and daughters managed the daily operations of the organization during his ill health.
Together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi , he received the 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. He was also the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize and the Balzan Prize.
In 2006, Institute of Business Administration Pakistan conferred an honoris causa degree of Doctor of Social Service Management for his services. In September 2010, Edhi was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bedfordshire.
In 1989, Edhi received the Nishan-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan. He had been recommended for a Nobel Peace prize.