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Thousands Attend Funeral Of Beloved Humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi In Pakistan

Edhi, 88, died on Friday after a long illness.

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Edhi was a social worker and founded the Edhi Foundation — which today runs dozens of free hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, rehabilitation centres, and other charitable outposts.

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Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif paid tribute to Edhi on Twitter: "Every heart grieves the death of a man who was love, compassion, and selflessness incarnate."

"He lived his life for the lives and happiness of others and that is why he is a role model. I haven't seen anyone else like him," she said.

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“[My wife and I] collected body parts of women and children … my wife took charge of bathing the women and I did the rest. My heart became so hard after that, that I made humanity my religion and devoted my life to it," he said.

On social media there has been an outpouring of grief, both in Pakistan and abroad, for the beloved figure.

No one lives for ever but Edhi Shaib legacy will live on forever. What a privilege it was to have you in our life Sir #RIP #AbdulSattarEdhi

Deeply saddened by the of demise of Abdul Sattar Edhi Sahab—a man dedicated to service of humanity—his life shall keep inspiring millions!

Action speaks louder than the words. A silent Leader, Hero and Inspiration to many. Huge loss. #Edhi #RIP we will struggle for replacement.

There is so much we can all learn from you- we have lost our nations greatest humanitarian #Edhi #Pakistan

No words can b enough 2 describe the greatness of #Edhi ;Was a humble soul wit an impeccable character & credibility

Alicia Melville-Smith is a homepage editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alicia Melville-Smith at alicia.melville-smith@buzzfeed.com.

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