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Raisi’s death Pakistan observes a day of mourning

News Desk
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on Monday a day of mourning to honour the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and other senior officials in a helicopter crash.

“Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran,” PM Shehbaz said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.

“I along with the government and people of Pakistan extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the Iranian nation on this terrible loss,” he said, adding: “The great Iranian nation will overcome this tragedy with customary courage.”

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari also expressed “profound shock and sorrow” over the tragic accident.“Pakistan mourns the loss of a great friend [...] may Allah Almighty bless his soul and grant patience and strength to his family and the people of Iran in this time of irreparable loss,” read a statement issued by the President House.

The statement also said the Iranian president “will be dearly missed and fondly remembered in Iran, Pakistan, and the Islamic World for his efforts to enhance relations with regional and Islamic countries.”

Stressing that the deceased Iranian head of state “had a special place for Pakistan and its people”, Zardari recalled his commitment to strengthen bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries.

“President Raisi will be dearly missed and fondly remembered in Iran, Pakistan, and the Islamic World,” the statement added while highlighting the late Iranian head of state’s support for Muslims especially the Palestinian and Kashmiri people. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed sorrow and conveyed condolences over the fatal crash.

“I express my heartfelt condolences to the government and citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran [...] every Pakistani is saddened by this tragic incident and shares the grief of his Iranian brothers and sisters equally,” Bilawal said in a statement.