Special Edhi coin to be issued by Pakistan's State Bank

Islamabad: A special coin will be issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in honour of celebrated humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi who passed on Friday in Karachi. The denomination, shape and other details regarding the coin will be announced on Saturday at a special condolence reference for Edhi, SBP spokesman Abid Qamar, Dawn News reported. Revered by many as a national hero, Abdul Sattar Edhi created a charitable empire out of nothing. He gave birth to Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation almost single-handedly, entirely with private donations. He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013 but was unable to get a transplant due to frail health and received treatment at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation. Thousands of people, including high-profile politicians and government officials, gathered at the National Stadium to attend Edhi's funeral prayers on Saturday. The iconic social worker was given a guard of honour and a 19-gun salute by the Pakistan Army as his body was taken away from the National Stadium after a state funeral.  His body was then taken to Edhi village, where he was laid to rest.