EDHI: THE LEGEND REACHES END WITH STATE FUNEREAL AMONG THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS

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Karachi (HRNW) Philanthropist and recognition of Pakistan around the world in the services of humanity Abdul Sattar Edhi, revered as a “living saint”, was buried on the outskirts of Karachi “Edhi Village Graveyard, which is established by himself on Saturday after a state funeral attended by thousands of people.

Edhi died late on Friday after a long kidney illness, triggering an outpouring of grief in the impoverished nation of 180 million for a man who went above social, ethnic, race and religious divisions.

Edhi was the 2nd civilian person, who got the state funeral, while the 1st was the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in which all chiefs of forces attended and salute the services of great man Edhi’s coffin, which was draped with Pakistan’s green and white flag and covered with rose petals.

The journey of over nearly 60 years Edhi’s charitable arm, the Edhi Foundation, established clinics and orphanages across Pakistan and ran a largest fleet of ambulances, offering help to poor communities failed by inadequate public health and welfare services was came an end

The legend born in Gujarat of India, Edhi and his family moved to Pakistan in beginning of 1947 during the violent partition of the subcontinent. He built up his charity solely through donations, focusing on addicts, tattered women, orphans and the disabled. He buried countless abandoned persons in bath them himself.

The Edhi foundation, undoubtedly the largest network of Ambulances as enumerated in Guinness book of record was at the vanguard of the response last year when a devastating heat wave struck Karachi and above 2000 people lost their lives due to state owned institution`s apathy.

Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif among the other chiefs of forces and prominent politicians attended funeral prayers at the National stadium in the first state funeral since the death of military dictator General Zia ul-Haq in 1988. But other Pakistanis lamented the way the government had conducted Edhi’s funeral. “Saddest of all is the barrier between Edhi and ordinary people.

Edhi was laid to rest in the clothes he died in, and buried in a grave he himself dug several years earlier at the Edhi cemetery near Karachi. He donated his corneas which was complied according to his wish.

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