Pakistan mourns loss of philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi

KARACHI, Pakistan, July 9 (UPI) — Beloved Pakistani social worker and community leader Abdul Sattar Edhi died on Friday in Karachi after complications from kidney failure. He was 88.

Edhi, often called “the Mother Teresa of Pakistan,” devoted his life to service to others which he achieved through the not-for-profit welfare program, The Edhi Foundation.

The Edhi Foundation, which opened its doors in 1951, operates the largest ambulance service in Pakistan. It also provides the Pakistani community with clinics, funeral services, nursing homes, orphanages and an animal shelter.

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Edhi’s work earned him accolades, around the world and in Pakistan, including repeated nominations for the Nobel Peace prize. This year he was nominated by Malala Yousafzai.

“We have lost a great servant of humanity,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said. “He was the real manifestation of love for those who were socially vulnerable, impoverished, helpless and poor. This loss is irreparable for the people of Pakistan.”

Thousands of mourners gathered at Karachi’s National Stadium to recite funeral prayers for Edhi, who was then buried in Edhi Village outside of Karachi.

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