KARACHI: Abdul Sattar Edhi — a prominent Pakistani humanitarian and philanthropist laid to rest in Edhi village who breathed his last in the country’s largest city, Karachi, after a long illness, left entire nation in intense grieve, Aaj News reported.
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.
The Namaz-i-Janaza was attended by President Mamnoon Hussain while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was represented by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah, Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Corps Commander Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Mir Hasil Bizenjo and Tariq Fazal Choudhry, and a large number of people from all walks of life attended the Namaz-i-Janaza. An 11-gun salute was presented to the eminent social worker after the Namaz-i-Janaza.
PTI Chief Imran Khan could not come to attend the last funeral prayers of Edhi Sahab as he tweeted:
Really regret not being able to say final farewell to Edhi Sahab. He was my role model when I started SKMT & gave first major donation.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 9, 2016
Thousands of orphans and widows who benefited from the Edhi Centre attended the funeral. He was presented with a guard of honour before the funeral prayers began. His funeral prayer was led by Mufti Jan Muhammad Naeemi.
The richest poor man laid to rest in Edhi village. As reported, Sattar’s son Faisal Sattar gave last shower to him. Abdul Sattar Edhi was rewarded with Nishan-e-Imtiaz. He was presented guard of honour and gun salute.
Edhi’s funeral was one of the biggest in Pakistan’s history. The last time Pakistan held a state funeral was for military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in 1988.
Edhi Sahab was 88. He had been in and out of hospital for much of the past month, and his family had asked the nation to pray for his health.
Edhi had been suffering from kidney failure since 2013 and was on dialysis. According to his son, he could not undergo kidney transplantation due to his advancing years.
Along with his wife, Bilquise, a nurse, Edhi established the largest welfare foundation in Pakistan, touching the lives of millions of Pakistanis and providing a safety net for the poorest of the poor who were denied basic benefits from the state.
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.