Abdul Sattar Edhi. – A file photo

PESHAWAR, 9 July: Legendary Pakistani social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi died at the age of 88 in Karachi on Friday.

He was under treatment for kidney ailment at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation. Doctors said Edhi was suffering from kidney ailment for the last 13 years. He migrated to Pakistan after independence from Indian Gujarat and started his social work by opening a clinic in 1951. Later on he also established maternity home, morgue, orphanage, shelter home and old houses and also started the world’s largest ambulance service. At present, about 1,500 Edhi ambulances are performing duty of public service in the whole country. Edhi ambulance service was globally recognised as the largest ambulance service in the world in 2000.

Due to his tireless and selfless efforts for humanity, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times. He was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 1989.

Abdul Sattar Edhi will be laid to rest today (Saturday) at his ancestral graveyard. The federal government has announced one-day mourning, while the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have announced three-day mourning over Edhi’s death. The government has decided to conduct funeral of Edhi with official protocol.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other leaders have expressed grief over the death of Abdul Sattar Edhi and termed it a great loss for humanity.