The Fifth Death anniversary of Abdul Sattar Edhi is being observed on Thursday, today.
Edhi passed away in 2016 at the age of 88. He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013 but had been unable to get a transplant due to frail health.
He received treatment at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
Edhi was born into a Memon Muslim family, and publicly expressed that he was not a “very religious person”, and that he was “neither for religion or against it”.
On his faith, he stated that he was “a humanitarian” and spiritual, telling others that “empty words and long phrases do not impress God” and to “show Him your faith” through action.
In 1965, Edhi married Bilquis, a nurse who worked at an Edhi Trust dispensary.They had four children, two daughters and two sons.
Many international and national awards, including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, were bestowed upon him in recognition of his services for humanity.
Edhi strongly believed in protecting basic human rights without any discrimination of color, caste, and creed and throughout his life, he portrayed that the only religion is “service for humanity”.
Watch Dialogue Pakistan’s conversation with Bilquis Edhi who sheds lights on her husband’s life and legacy.