Pakistan's legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, Geeta's caretaker, dies at 88

Islamabad: Pakistan's celebrated humanitarian and Edhi Foundation Chairman Abdul Sattar Edhi has passed away at the age of 88 in Karachi, his son said on Saturday. Sattar Edhi passed away on Friday night at a hospital in Karachi, Dawn online quoted his son Faisal Edhi as saying. His funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon, his son said. Edhi was heading a foundation which supported thousands of needy people and children. He was conferred several highest national civilian awards due to his services for humanity.

Edhi became immensely famous in India as the news about rehabilitating Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian girl who accidentally crossed over to Pakistan 14 years ago, spread in the sub-continent media. The Edhi Foundation is one of Pakistan's largest public welfare organisations and runs one of the biggest fleets of ambulances, dozens of clinics and orphanages in the country.

Edhi received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service in 1986. He was nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize including in 2015. He won several international awards for his contribution to the society particularly those who're in need of help.