On the demise of A. Sattar Edhi

Javaid Bashir

Abdul Sattar Edhi had a larger than life personality. He was given a befitting send off. His coffin was wrapped up in State Flag. A smart contingent of Armed forces presented salute to him. Three services Chiefs paid their last respects to him. Rose flower petals were showered over the coffin on way to the National Stadium.
His funeral prayers were offered by millions of his fellow countrymen, including high-ranking Civil and Armed forces officials, businessmen, bureaucrats and artists. He was laid to rest in the Edhi Village Graveyard. The grave was prepared by him some 25 years ago. According to his will his eyes were donated to blind persons.
All the Provinces declared three days mourning period. Federal government observed one day mourning. The flag remained at half-mast throughout this period. A large number of dignitaries, and prominent politicians and large number of people from various sectors attended the funeral prayers. He was a real life hero, admired, respected, veneered, honoured and loved by the people all across the world. Edhi was one-man institution who worked incessantly for the welfare of the humanity. He never disappointed anyone. He refused to get medical treatment abroad and remained in a Pakistani hospital until he breathed his last. He set a good example by doing so. Husband and wife team of Edhis worked tirelessly to provide services to the down trodden, poor, and destitute persons.
The entire nation is grieved over his death. We cannot find a better example of service to humanity than Sattar Edhi. He has been immortalized. PM has announced Nishan e Imtiaz for him posthumously. It is extremely difficult to write an obituary or a eulogy in these few lines. He created history in the field of social service with his indomitable spirit, dedication and zeal. He spent his life in the pursuit of social service from a small dispensary and later established a gigantic humanitarian organization, the Edhi Foundation. In the beginning he started with a single ambulance, which he drove himself. He used to give ghusal, prepare coffin and give decent burial to the abandoned dead bodies.
Today the Edhi foundation Ambulance Service is the largest in the world. The baskets outside Edhi centres are a great life support for the abandoned children at birth by the parents. These centres provide for their nourishment, growth and development. After any natural calamity whether an earthquake or floods, he was there to help the victims. Edhi ambulances arrive at the scene to rescue victims. His services were not limited to Pakistan but available the world over. The donors trusted him and gave donation beyond anybody’s expectations without any second thoughts. He used the funds honestly on the welfare of the people.
He was popular in the masses and admired for his selfless services to the humanity. A great void has been created which would be extremely difficult to fill in by anyone. He has taught us great lesson in service to humanity, as to how one man can serve millions of others. He showed what a Muslim should be. We should make a firm resolve to follow his footsteps. Abdul Sattar Edhi once said “Think of my ideology and you will remember me”.
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