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Friday, July 08, 2016

Pakistan's Greatest Citizen Dies

Abdul Sattar Edhi

January 1, 1928 - July 8, 2016

It was in 1955 that I met Edhi, sitting on a Chaarpai outside Icky's (Iqbal Ismail) father's office. "He is a Leftist", said Icky's father, rather disparagingly, I thought.

Icky took me to hear Edhi speak to various young and old people gathered around him. 

Edhi was talking about why the mill owner's didn't get together and put up a hospital for their workers for they certainly had enough money … and it would help them, too. 

Years later I had several encounters with him, related sometime to his professional work and occasionally for his support for things my friends and I stood for. He was always available. Always smiling. Always wonderful. 

Thank you, Edhi Sahab, for all that you did. Pakistan will never have anyone like you. 

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