Pakistan's legendary Abdul Sattar Edhi dies at 88

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak arrived in Karachi on Sunday and visited the grave of legendary social leader Abdul Sattar Edhi who died on Friday night after prolonged illness.

Pakistani people carry the coffin of well-known Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi during his funeral ceremony in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, July 9, 2016. "I come from ordinary people", Edhi told the filmmakers of a recent documentary about his work.

He was born in 1928 to a family of Muslim traders in Gujarat (British India) and migrated to Pakistan with his family after partition.

Media networks in Pakistan have been providing round-the-clock coverage of the story since news emerged of Edhi's death, but the Express News reporter chose to break new ground in a more tasteless way.

Edhi's body will be flown to Edhi village where the philanthropist will be laid to rest. "We offer our condolences to Bilquis and their four children, the millions of people around the world whose lives he touched, and to the people of Pakistan, who have lost a heroic servant of humanity, ‎" it added.

Google Search engine is today honoring unmatched Pakistani humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi by putting his name and his year of birth and death on front of its Pakistani page.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is scheduled to return shortly to Pakistan from London after receiving medical treatment for over a month, also paid tribute to Edhi for his services to humanity spanning more than six decades. "Because of his (frail) condition, only his eyes can be donated", said his son, visibly emotional and in tears.

Edhi was awarded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize in 2010 for his life saving and development work in Pakistan and other countries. In such a context, the Edhi Foundation has maintained public trust and its sterling reputation, growing into the largest charitable organisation in Pakistan.

He built up his charity exclusively through donations, focusing on addicts, battered women, orphans and the disabled.

Despite constant threats, the Edhi Foundation "became Pakistan's most relied upon social safety net, handling numerous responsibilities that the Pakistani government could not, or would not, tackle", Al Jazeera's Brandice Alexander reported.

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