Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away

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KARACHI: Abdul Sattar Edhi, best known Pakistani philanthropist, passed away on Friday after his prolonged fight with illness following kidney failure.

The philanthropist was brought to a hospital here after he had trouble breathing and was subsequently put on ventilator. “Edhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) after he had trouble breathing,” Faisal Edhi had earlier said while addressing a press conference.

Faisal and his mother Bilquis Edhi also asked the nation to pray for his well-being.

88 year old Abdul Sattar Edhi was a beacon of hope in a country too often mired in despair. He was an ascetic in a country where politicians regularly skim millions of dollars through corruption; a humanitarian in a country rife with sectarian hatred and violence; and ultimately the provider of public services in a country where the government often fails to provide even the most basic ones, like adequate hospitals and ambulances.

In the course of his lifetime, he had gone from being a refugee to running Pakistan’s most renowned philanthropic organization, the Edhi Foundation. Established in 1951, the foundation currently runs hospitals, orphanages, morgues, legal aid offices, centers for the abandoned and drug-addicted, and has almost 2,000 ambulances, which it dispatches to the scenes of the terrorist attacks that occur with alarming frequency across the country.

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