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An ascetic in a country where politicians regularly skim millions of dollars through corruption; a humanitarian in a country rife with sectarian hatred and violence; and ultimately the provider of public services in a country where the government often fails to provide even the most basic ones, like adequate hospitals and ambulances – this was Abdul Sattar Edhi – renowned Pakistani philanthropist who recently passed away on Saturday at the age of 88.

Edhi often referred to as the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan” was passionate about helping others irrespective of their caste, creed, or religion. In the wake of his death, he sets a precedent for the importance of diversity and secularism in today’s world which is rife with social tensions.

In the wake of Brexit and keeping in mind UK’s multiculturalism – Edhi is a symbol of togetherness and unity.

Though his death brings about sorrow, his life and all what he stood for must be celebrated and will continue to influence people irrespective of their cast, culture or creed.