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‘Mother of Pakistan’ laid to rest in Karachi

Pakistan’s greatest female social worker and wife of late Abdul Sattar Edhi, Bilquis Bano Edhi was laid to rest in Karachi on Saturday, her funeral prayer was offered at the New Memon Masjid Kharadar after Zuhr prayers.

She passed away on Friday while suffering from heart disease and other ailments. According to Edhi’s spokesperson, she was undergoing multiple treatments in a private hospital in Karachi.

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Talking to the media Faisal Edhi, his son said that according to her mother’s wish she will be laid to rest at Mewa Shah graveyard. While expressing his grief he said that he is now totally left alone in this world.

Earlier this week, first lady Tehmina Durrani also visited her in the hospital. Sharing a picture with her in the hospital, she said that today Bilquis and I wept a river in her hospital room.

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Haiz Naeemur Rehman, and other political leaders were present at the funeral of the philanthropist. On the other hand, the Sindh government has announced to observe a ‘day of mourning’ today on her sad demise.

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Meanwhile, in the middle of the political chaos, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reads out a resolution paying a tribute to Bilquis Edhi in the National Assembly, recommending conferring the highest civil award to her posthumously. The resolution was unanimously adopted.

Bilquis was the wife of philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, and also a professional nurse. She was nicknamed the mother of Pakistan. After the death of her husband, she was named chairperson of the Edhi foundation.

Born in 1947 in Karachi, she helped her late husband and took care of thousands of orphanages. Social media activist, celebrities and political leaders also paid their condolences on her demise.

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