KARACHI: The Sikh community in the city on Sunday paid tribute to the country’s most-loved humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi, at its temple in the compound of Swami Narain Temple.
The event was organised by the administration of Guru Nanak Darbar and Pakistan Sikh Council’s Karachi chapter.
A large number of people turned up to pay their respects to the country’s charity icon, who included people belonging to the Hindu community. The Hindu Panchayat and the Prem Sagar Trust sent their representatives to attend the programme.
Faisal Edhi, who now heads the Edhi Foundation, his son and volunteers, including children living in Edhi Centre in Mithadar, were also present.
The programme began with the recitation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Dominated by a large portrait of Edhi, the organisers at the podium paid glowing tribute to Edhi who died on July 8 after a prolonged illness at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
Representatives of various organisations of the Sikh and Hindu communities said Mr Edhi was a true humanist who never let faith, ethnicity and class come in his way to serve humanity.
“He served everyone in the country. He served every human as he never considered any biases before serving anyone in need of consolation or treatment,” said a speaker.
Speakers shared that the Sikh and Hindu communities, however tiny, were equal beneficiaries of Edhi’s charity.
“He was there to help every one of us. He was there to serve us without prejudices,” said an organiser.
The speakers said communities belonging to minority faiths would be supporting the Edhi Foundation with donations and volunteer work as they had been doing when the social worker was alive.
“Supporting this cause is the only way of expressing our gratitude for whatever he has done for us all,” said a speaker.
The Guru Nanak Darbar presented Faisal Edhi a kirpan, Karakul cap and a copy of the translation of Edhi’s biography in Gurmukhi.
Faisal Edhi appealed to the Sikh and Hindu communities to continue their support to his organisation as they had been doing in the past.
He said his father’s life passed serving humanity, which was the very task he had opted to accomplish for the rest of his life. On seeing the emotions among every community in the country about his father’s passing, he felt overwhelmed and he was confident that Abdul Sattar Edhi’s charity would continue with the help of his admirers and supporters.
“The love shown by every community for my father clearly proves that he was a true humanist who strived for all at the expense of his own life and comfort,” he said.