Pakistan mourns over sad demise.
The World’s Biggest Humanitarian – Abdul Sattar Edhi.
The whole Pakistani nation along with almost every international donor and philanthropist received the news of sad demise of most celebrated social worker, founder of Pakistan’s largest welfare organization and the world’s biggest humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi with profound remorse and grief who passed away at the aged 92. He was buried at Edhi village.
News of Edhi’s death was met with by an outpouring shock and heartfelt grief on social media, with many wondering how greatly his death would impact the country where he has long been considered the bedrock of a largely privatized welfare system.
He wished to be buried in the same clothes he used to wear. He also wanted to donate his body parts, but only his cornea can be donated as rest of the organs was not in healthy condition. His coffin, wrapped in the green national flag and covered with pink rose-petals, was carried on a military jeep into the national stadium in Karachi where there was a guard of honour as thousands paid tribute. Security officials said that a 21-gun salute was also offered.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a state funeral and day of national mourning in honour of the man who owned just two sets of clothes, but whose work uplifting the nations destitute and orphans cemented his place in the hearts of Pakistan’s masses. The federal and provincial governments expressed grief and announced three days of mourning. The prime minister announced Edhi would be awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz posthumously.
Abdul Sattar Edhi’s condition deteriorated rapidly during dialysis at the intensive care unit of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) and was put on a ventilator during the procedure after experiencing reported trouble with breathing.
Edhi had been coping with kidney failure for the past three years, for which he was undergoing regular dialysis. He could not undergo a kidney transplant due to his advanced age. Edhi had pledged to donate his body organs. However, due to his long illness, his son has promised to donate only his eyes to any deserving person. Regarding the donation, a spokesperson SIUT said that the eyes would enable two persons to regain their sight, with each receiving an eye of the great philanthropist.
Earlier on June 28, the celebrated social worker successfully underwent a 20-minute minor catheter change procedure to clear his dialysis line, which was choked previously. While his health had reportedly recovered in the days after this procedure at SIUT, his condition began worsening again today during a routine dialysis procedure.
During his previous stay in hospital, Edhi was visited and inquired after by notable personalities of the country, including Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Even during his final says, the renowned humanitarian displayed the selflessness and courage that won the hearts of many, both at home and abroad, by rejecting numerous offers to have his treatment paid for abroad by eminent backers such as Zardari and Malik Riaz.
So many years Iater there were many who still complained and questioned. ‘Why must you pick up Christians and Hindus in your ambulance? and I was saying, “Because the ambulance is more Muslim then you”. Abdul Sattar Edhi 1928-2016