Senior PPP leader Rehman Malik passes away at 70 in Islamabad


Elderly PPP leader and former assemblyman Rehman Malik passed away on Wednesday in Islamabad due to coronavirus- related complications, his prophet Riaz Ali Turi verified. He was 70.

“Deeply devastated to say that former innards minister (and) PPP’s elderly leader, Abdul Rehman Malik, passed down,”he twittered.

Before this month, Malik was put on a ventilator after his health deteriorated due to Covid- related complications.

Malik had tested positive for the coronavirus in January. At that time, his prophet said the former assemblyman had originally been shifted to the ferocious care unit of a private sanitarium in Islamabad after his condition deteriorated. Still, his condition had continued to worsen and croakers latterly put him on a ventilator on February 1.

The prophet said the contagion had affected Malik’s lungs and the former assemblyman had been complaining of breathing problems after contracting Covid.

Political career
Rehman Malik attained a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Karachi in 1973 and was awarded an memorial PhD from the same institution in 2012.

He’d a long career as a politician and held numerous portfolios, including his term as interior minister from 2008 to 2013.
He was also a philanthropist of the Sitara-i-Shujaat for his services in the Federal Investigation Agency and the Nishan-i-Imtiaz.

Leaders offer condolences
Condolences poured in from PPP stalwarts and political leaders from other parties on Malik’s end.

PPPco-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari paid homage to Malik, saying he was a”hardworking and able innards minister”.

He added that Malik’s services to the country were indelible and the PPP leadership and workers participated in his family’s grief.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed expressed his grief over news of the demise and extended condolences to the departed’s family.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar offered his condolences on the former innards minister’s death.

PPP Assemblyman Saleem Mandviwalla said he was”deeply burdened”on hearing the news and praised his former peer as a” good man and amazing politician”.

“Rehman Malik’s death is a great loss for the country’s politics. The vacuum created by Rehman Malik’s demise can noway be filled,”he said, adding that his services for the PPP will always be remembered.

“I’m deeply burdened by the demise of former innards minister Rehman Malik. May God forgive him and grant tolerance to his family,” elderly PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal twittered.

Sindh Local Bodies Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said Malik was a great leader and extended his condolences to the departed’s family.

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