Pakistani philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away on Saturday after prolonged illness.
Edhi had done extensive work in the field of social service including formation of the Edhi village 25 years ago. The village served as a home to the homeless, destitute, street children, elderly, abandoned babies and addicts.
Edhi was also the Chairman of the Edhi foundation which was celebrated for its humanitarian work.
As the news of his death reached the masses, people took to Twitter to mourn Edhi’s demise. Soon #Edhi started trending on the micro-blogging platform.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a “state funeral” for Edhi and also declared Pakistan’s “highest civilian award” for the deceased humanitarian.
Prime Minister’s tribute to Edhi Sb. pic.twitter.com/znKF45RglR
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) July 8, 2016
Truly saddened to hear of Edhi Sahab’s passing. He was a noble soul & a great Pakistani. He gave the first big donation to SKMT 26 years ago
Edhi sahib … one of the greatest man of our times who was really larger than life … an icon & inspiration to generations … RIP, Sir!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 8, 2016
— Sayeeda Warsi (@SayeedaWarsi) July 8, 2016
I express my deep sense of grief on the demise of Abdul Sattar #EdhiSahab. He was a noble soul who dedicated his life in service of mankind.
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) July 8, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and #Edhi Foundation. RIP 🌷⚘
— THAWAR CHAND GEHLOT (@TCGEHLOT) July 8, 2016
— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 8, 2016
— Ziauddin Yousafzai (@ZiauddinY) July 8, 2016
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) July 9, 2016
Deeply saddened by the of demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi Sahab—a man dedicated to service of humanity—his life shall keep inspiring millions!
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