The body of deceased comedian Umer Sharif arrived from Turkey early on Wednesday morning.
Aviation officials say, Turkish Airlines flight TK-708 landed at the Jinnah International Airport at around 5:33 am. Sharif’s body was first flown to Munich from Nuremberg, Germany and then later to Istanbul aboard Turkish Air flight TK-1634.
Sharif’s widow Zareen Ghazal also returned to Pakistan on the same plane. His sons and other relatives received his body at the airport. PPP leader and Sindh minister Saeed Ghani, MQM’s Kishwar Zahra among others were present at the airport’s cargo terminal.
The PPP leader paid tribute to the legendary comedian. “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 pass away,” Ghani said while talking to media.
Sharif’s body was wrapped in the national flag and shifted to the Edhi morgue at Sohrab Goth. Later, the body was moved to his residence in Karachi.
Fans of the comedian showered the vehicle carrying his body with rose petals.
It is believed that Sharif will be buried in Abdullah Shah Ghazi graveyard.
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.