The United States National Security Council (NSC) expressed condolences on the demise of prominent Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi.
NSC spokesperson Ned Price on Sunday issued a statement mourning the loss of the ‘heroic servant of humanity’. “Abdul Sattar Edhi was one of the world’s great humanitarians. From the medical clinic he established in Karachi, Pakistan almost 60 years ago, he and his wife Bilquis created a vast network of social services for Pakistan’s most vulnerable, encompassing nursing homes, orphanages, soup kitchens, maternity wards, women’s shelters, rehabilitation centers, and the largest voluntary ambulance fleet in the world. Even as his foundation’s operations expanded beyond Pakistan’s borders, Edhi still often drove his own ambulance, personally caring for the injured,” read the official press release from the spokesperson’s office.
Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away in Karachi
“Edhi led a life dedicated to serving others, and his determination to provide equal treatment for all–regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, or class–stands as a sharp rebuke to those who would use fear and violence to create divisions. We offer our condolences to Bilquis and their four children, the millions of people around the world whose lives he touched, and to the people of Pakistan, who have lost a heroic servant of humanity, ” it added.
Edhi passed away at the age of 88 in Karachi. He breathed his last at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Friday after kidney failure which he had been suffering from since 2013 and was on dialysis. According to his son, he could not undergo kidney transplantation due to his advancing years.
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As Pakistan mourned the death of its beloved humanitarian, the international community also joined in paying glowing tributes to the founder of the world’s largest volunteer ambulance service.
The American print and electronic media gave extensive coverage to the passing away of Edhi, calling him a revered figure and the “greatest Pakistani” while highlighting his modest living style despite vast sums of money flowing through his charity.