09 July 2016 Current Affairs: Noted Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, ascetic and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi has passed away in Karachi. He was 92 years old.
Edhi was born at Bantvain Gujarat to a family of memon traders in 1928 but during partition, Edhi migrated to Karachi and started his welfare mission in 1951 opening his first home for homeless and sick in the Kharadar area.
He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan and known as Angel of Mercy, Pakistan’s ‘Father Teresa’ and was considered country’s most respected figure.
For his contributions to the humanity, he received numerous accolades including Nishan-e Imtiaz (highest civilian honour), Pakistan Civil Award, International honours include Ramon Magsaysay Award, International Balzan Prize, 2007 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize and 2011 London Peace Award among others. He also wrote the book - Abdul Sattar Edhi, an autobiography: A mirror to the blind.