Memorable farewell to Abdul Sattar Edhi

THE life of late Abdul Sattar Edhi will always serve as a case study for others to learn and similarly farewell accorded to him was also touching, memorable as tens of thousands people belonging to different walks of life thronged the National Stadium Karachi on Saturday to attend the state funeral of this celebrated humanitarian figure. Presence of mammoth crowd both inside and outside the stadium to participate in his final rituals could safely be termed as unprecedented in the country’s history which also reflects that people of Pakistan do accord respect to the good souls who spend their lives in the service of humanity.
Sattar Edhi was buried in a grave at Edhi village selected by the great philanthropist himself 25 years ago with army, navy and police contingents presenting salute. President Mamnoon Hussain, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, CM Punjab, Sindh Governor and CM, the three Services Chiefs, federal ministers and a big crowd who were all aggrieved over the death of Edhi were present at the national stadium to pay their homage to the illustrious son of the soil. Media, especially the electronic media, also played a tremendous role and inspired the whole nation by arranging marathon coverage of the final journey of Edhi right from the arrival of his fully escorted coffin to the National Stadium and final departure to the Edhi village. It is also noteworthy that the electronic channels while rising above their commercial interests did not air the ads. All this establishes that those who devote their lives to selfless welfare of humanity are fully revered, respected and loved. The way Sattar Edhi spent his life to serve the distressed humanity, he will always be remembered and remain alive in our hearts. Abdul Sattar Edhi served the humanity even after his death and as a last gift to the people he donated his eyes, which became source of vision for two blind persons. In our view, Edhi who was born in 1928 is still alive and can see the world with his eyes.

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