Abdul Sattar Edhi, Known As ‘Pakistan’s Mother Teresa,’ Dies At 88; India Sends Its Condolences

Celebrated Pakistani humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away in Karachi on July 8 at the age of 88.

Abdul, was a well known philanthropist who founded the famous Edhi Foundation.

For his humanitarian work, he was fondly called “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’.



Abdul Sattar Edhi sharing meal with children living in one of his charity houses. AP

The news about his death was broken by his son Faisal Edhi, who said:

“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.”

Faisal also revealed that his father’s funeral prayers would take place on July 9 and that he would be laid to rest at Edhi village.

The famous Edhi village was formed 25 years ago and over the years became home to many homeless, destitute, street children, elderly, abandoned babies and addicts who were taken care of by the Edhi foundation.

The Edhi foundation also took care of Geeta, India’s deaf and mute girl, in Pakistan before she returned to India few months back.



Geeta taking blessings from Abdul Sattar Edhi. AFP

Expressing her grief over Edhi’s death, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj too sent out her condolences and said:


Edhi was diagnosed with kidney failure back in 2013 and had been unable to get a transplant.

Earlier this year, former president Asif Ali Zardari had offered to get Edhi treated abroad, but he had refused, insisting on getting treated in Pakistan, and that too in a government hospital.

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