KARACHI: Legendary comedian Umer Sharif was laid to rest at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi graveyard in Karachi on Wednesday. Prior to the burial, hundreds of people gathered at a park in Clifton Block II to attend the funeral prayers of the comedian.
Keeping in view the huge crowd at the entrance of the park, the main gate was closed, while city wardens and other police officials had cleared the way for the ambulance carrying Umer’s body to head to the graveyard.
Umer Sharif’s body arrived from Turkey Wednesday morning. According to the aviation sources, Turkish Airlines flight TK-708 took off from Istanbul at 12:53 am. The scheduled flight landed at the Jinnah International Airport at around 5:33 am. The body was flown to Munich from Nuremberg, Germany, before being flown to Istanbul aboard Turkish Air flight TK-1634.
The deceased’s wife Zareen Ghazal also returned to Pakistan on the same plane. His sons and other relatives received his body at the airport. Among others, PPP leader and Sindh minister Saeed Ghani, MQM’s Kishwar Zahra also arrived at the airport’s cargo terminal.
The PPP leader paid tribute to the comic genius. “I call upon the people to attend Umer Sharif’s funeral in large numbers as a message to the entire world that Pakistanis remember their legends even after they had passed away,” Ghani said while talking to media.
Later, his body wrapped in the national flag was shifted to the Edhi morgue at Sohrab Goth. His body has been shifted to his residence in Karachi. Fans of the comedian showered the vehicle carrying his body to the morgue with rose petals, paying tribute to the legend.
Umer Sharif’s sons – Jawad Umer and Fawad Umer – have said that their father’s funeral prayers will be offered at 3pm at the Umer Sharif Park opposite the Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton.
Umer Sharif was admitted to a hospital in Germany’s Nuremberg on Wednesday after his health deteriorated during his flight to the US. He was shifted to the hospital after his air ambulance made a scheduled landing in Germany. The comedian was diagnosed with multiple ailments including coronary conditions.
Three days after his stay in Germany, he was expected to resume his travel to the US for medical treatment. However, a couple of hours of his dialysis, he suffered a heart attack that took his life.
Umer Sharif passed away at the age of 66 at a hospital in Germany. His doctor and husband of former Pakistani actress Reema Khan, Dr Tariq Shahab said the comedian was feeling fine during his dialysis.
However, a subsequent heart attack proved fatal for him four hours after the dialysis at the Nuremberg South Hospital.
Sharif was born on April 19, 1955, to an Urdu speaking family in Liaquatabad, Karachi. The star was well-acclaimed as one of the biggest comedians in Asia.