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Peshawar-The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engr.Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that Abdul Sattar Edhi was a great philanthropist and benefactor of miserable humanity and social and community leader.

His funeral was attended by tens of thousands of people including President Mamnoon Hussain and army chief General Raheel Sharif.

According to a press release, a PAF contingent led by Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, offered "Fateha" and laid floral wreath at the grave of Abdul Sattar Edhi on behalf of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is scheduled to return shortly to Pakistan from London after receiving medical treatment for over a month, also paid tribute to Edhi for his services to humanity spanning more than six decades.

Adorned with the green-and-white national flag, a carriage carrying Edhi's body was brought to Karachi's National Cricket Stadium where thousands of mourners, including state dignitaries, were already present.

Quran Khawani and prayers were held since morning for the departed humanitarian who passed away at the age of 92 on Friday night after a prolonged battle with renal failure.

Edhi was among the first 2,000 donors who had registered at the institute to donate their organs after death.

Edhi leaves behind his wife Bilquis and four children, including son Faisal Edhi.

The foreign minister of India, Pakistan's historic foe, said Edhi "was a noble soul who dedicated his life in service of mankind", while Pakistani teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai told the BBC she had nominated him for the same Peace prize.

Frail and weak in his later years, he appointed his son Faisal as managing trustee in early 2016. He was given guard of honour and gun salute by the Pakistan Army before funeral prayers began.