Funeral prayer of celebrated humanitarian and Edhi Foundation Chairman Abdul Sattar Edhi has been offered with the state honour in the National Stadium Karachi on Saturday.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali shah, the services Chiefs, Army and Navy officers and personnel, leaders and 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.
Earlier, Abdul Sattar Edhi’s dead body was brought from his residence at Methadar to the National Stadium led by an escort of the Naval Police.
Revered by the entire nation as a national hero Abdul Sattar Edhi created a charitable empire out of nothing. He masterminded Pakistan’s largest welfare organization almost single-handedly, entirely with private donations. He died last night at the age of 88 after protracted illness.
Eminent social worker and philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away after a protracted illness in Karachi on Friday night.
He was 88.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was the most renowned philanthropist not only in Pakistan but around the world as well. He had been operating the largest ambulance service in the world and had started from humble means.
Edhi had also established an orphanage which cared for orphans, the needy and the destitute. He provided service to humanity without regard to cast, race, creed, religion or ethnicity.
Abdul Sattar Edhi 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.