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Pakistanis take to Twitter to mourn death of philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 July 2016, 18:07 IST

Renowned Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away in Karachi on 8 July at the age of 88 after a prolonged battle with different ailments.

People came out in large numbers to the National Stadium in Karachi for his funeral. He was given guard of honour and gun salute by the Pakistan Army before funeral prayers began.

Dawn quoted his son Faisal Edhi as saying, "He wished to be buried in the same clothes he used to wear. He also wanted to donate his body parts, but only his cornea can be donated as rest of the organs were not in healthy condition."

Pakistani media described Edhi as the national hero who formed the famous Edhi village 25 years ago which was home to the homeless, destitute, street children, elderly, abandoned babies and addicts was Chairman of the Edhi foundation which was known for its humanitarian work.

A number of people including Pakistani political leaders and celebrities took to Twitter to express grief over Edhi's demise. Here are some of their tweets:

First published: 9 July 2016, 18:07 IST
 
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