Edhi’s funeral prayer offered with state honor2,659 views
KARACHI: Funeral prayer of renowned philanthropist and social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi was offered with state honor at National Stadium, Karachi.
Maulana Ahmed Khan Niazi led the prayer.
The coffin, wrapped in national flag, was escorted from Kharadar by a contingent of Pakistan Navy.
Elaborate arrangements were made for the funeral. Strict security measures were also taken for the very occasion.
An 11-gun salute was presented to the eminent social worker.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the National Assembly Asad Umar and philanthropist Ramzan Chhipa also offered the funeral prayers.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, Corps Commander Karachi Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar and DG Rangers Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar also attended the funeral.
Edhi, who set up one of Pakistan’s biggest welfare organizations and was revered as a “living saint” by many, was suffering from severe kidney problems for the past several years.
The 88-year-old’s reputation for austerity and generosity resonated deeply in Pakistan, a country of 190 million people whose government is riddled with corruption, and where public health and welfare services are weak.
“He was the real manifestation of love for those who were socially vulnerable, impoverished, helpless and poor. This loss is irreparable for the people of Pakistan,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement.
Motivated by a spiritual quest for justice, over the years Edhi and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters, and homes for the elderly, picking up where limited government-run services fell short.
His ethos of humanitarianism transcended religious and ethnic lines, but made him the target of many ferocious smear campaigns.
Hardliners branded him an infidel and his work un-Islamic. His response was hard work and an obstinate asceticism, a bid to leave his enemies with no ammunition.
He slept in a windowless room adjoining the office of his foundation furnished with just a bed, a sink and a hotplate.
Edhi leaves behind his wife Bilquis and six children including son Faisal, who said his father’s funeral will be held near Karachi on Saturday.
Pakistanis took to Twitter to mourn the death of a national hero many call a “living saint” and “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa”.
“In his death he has united all of Pakistan, across all affiliations, in mourning. That in itself is a measure of his greatness,” said a Twitter-user named Imran Khan.
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