Abdul Sattar Edhi's funeral: Pakistan mourns passing away of beloved philanthropist

Pakistani soldiers stand guard as people wait for the funeral of Pakistan's renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Pakistan's legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who devoted his life to the poor and the destitute, died on Friday at a hospital in Karachi following a prolonged illness. He was 88. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistani soldiers stand guard as people wait for the funeral of Pakistan's renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi in Karachi on Saturday. The legendary philanthropist, who devoted his life to the poor and the destitute, died on Friday at a hospital in Karachi following a prolonged illness. He was 88. AP

Pakistani soldiers carry the coffin containing the body of Pakistan's renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi for a funeral in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Tens of thousands of people attended Saturday the state funeral for Pakistan's legendary philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, in Karachi, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistani soldiers carry the coffin containing the body of Edhi for the funeral. Pakistan gave Edhi a state funeral in recognition of his services to the country. A 19 gun salute was given, Pakistan's army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa, tweeted. AP

People attend funeral of Pakistan's renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Tens of thousands of people attended Saturday the state funeral for Pakistan's legendary philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, in Karachi, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Tens of thousands of people attended the state funeral at a stadium and thousands more were unable to get to the venue. Edhi established his charitable foundation almost six decades ago. It owns and runs Pakistan's largest ambulance service, nursing homes, orphanages, clinics and women's shelters, along with rehabilitation centers and soup kitchens. AP

Pakistan's army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, fifth from right in front row, attends the funeral of Pakistan's renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi with others in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Tens of thousands of people attended Saturday the state funeral for Pakistan's legendary philanthropist, Abdul Sattar Edhi, in Karachi, officials said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

Pakistan's army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, fifth from right in front row, attended the funeral of Edhi. Pakistan's top civilian and army leadership offered funeral prayers at the stadium, as the country mourned the loss of a man commonly known as the "Angel of Mercy" for his internationally-acclaimed social work. His work earned him numerous awards at home and abroad, including the Gandhi Peace Award, the 2007 Unesco Madanjeet Singh Prize, the 2011 London Peace Award, the 2008 Seoul Peace Award and the Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Service. AP

Pakistan Military Chief Raheel Sharif hugs the son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Faisal Edhi (C), during his father's funeral in Karachi on July 9, 2016. A top commander from the largest rebel group in Indian-administered Kashmir was killed in a gun battle with government forces on July 8, police said. Young and media savvy, Burhan Wani was a top figure in Hizbul Mujahideen and had a one million rupee ($14,900) bounty on his head. Wani, 22, joined the rebel movement at the age of 15 and in recent years had been behind a huge recruitment drive to the group's ranks, attracting young and educated Kashmiris to the decades-old fight for independence of the restive disputed region. Viewed locally as a hero, his death sparked protests in nearby Anantnag town, with hundreds taking to the streets shouting independence slogans and lauding Wani as a revolutionary, witnesses said. / AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

Pakistan Military Chief Raheel Sharif hugs Faisal Edhi, son of Abdul Sattar Edhi, during the funeral. Edhi donated his eyes and asked his family to bury him in the clothes he wore at the time of his death, his son Faisal Eidhi said. As part of his commitment to living simply, Edhi would never own more than a few items of clothing and a pair of shoes, his son said. Later in the day, Edhi was buried in the graveyard he established on the city's outskirts for unclaimed bodies. AFP


Published Date: Jul 09, 2016 05:50 pm | Updated Date: Jul 09, 2016 05:50 pm

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