President, PM grieved over Raisi’s death, day of mourning announced

Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and national flag will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect.

ISLAMABAD: After confirmation of the death of the Iranian president and others in the helicopter crash, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow on Monday, Radio Pakistan reported.

In their separate statements, they extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of the Iranian President, the Foreign Minister, and others who lost their lives in the accident.

President Zardari said the Islamic World had lost a remarkable leader who always supported Muslim cause and deeply felt the sufferings of the Muslims globally, particularly the Palestinian and Kashmiri people.

He said Pakistan mourns the loss of a great friend. Recalling his recent visit to Pakistan, he said the Iranian President always had a special place for Pakistan and its people.

President Zardari described Raisi’s passing as a great loss not only for Iran but for the entire Muslim Ummah.

In a post on his X handle, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said both the Iranian President and the Foreign Minister were good friends of Pakistan.

He said 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 the Iranian people.

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