Rehman Malik Passes Away at 70
Pakistan is mourning the death of a former senator, former federal minister, and a former Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Rehman Malik. He was seen as a very controversial figure but he was respected by many.
There have been many tributes to him already. But we will have to wait for his funeral to see who shows up and who doesn’t. Senior PPP leader and former senator Rehman Malik passed away on Wednesday in Islamabad due to coronavirus-related complications, his spokesperson Riaz Ali Turi confirmed, He was 70.
Malik was appointed to lead a PPP delegation for dialogue with political parties and civil organizations over the Panama Papers issue, in which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children were embroiled. Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf have expressed grief over the death of former interior minister Rehman Malik.
Who was Rehman Malik?
Former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) senator Rehman Malik, who served as the interior minister under the last PPP government, passed away on Wednesday in Islamabad due to coronavirus. Malik had been ailing since March when he was admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad. He breathed his last at 5:55 pm on Wednesday, the PPP said in a statement.
How did Rehman Malik die?
Rehman Malik, a former senator and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former federal interior minister in Pakistan, passed away on Wednesday due to a viral illness. He was suffering from Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a viral respiratory disease that is life-threatening.
He was admitted in a hospital on Sunday after he developed symptoms, including fever and breathlessness, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan.
For Those Who Don’t Know What is the PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party)?
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is a democratic socialist political party of Pakistan. The PPP was founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and was led by Benazir Bhutto until her assassination in 2007. Since then, the PPP is led by her husband Asif Ali Zardari, the former President of Pakistan.
It is currently the main opposition party in the National Assembly. The PPP has a stronghold in Sindh and is a major force in politics of Pakistan. The PPP also has a strong network in the Middle East, especially in the United Arab Emirates.
The PPP has many supporters in the country who are very loyal to the Bhutto family. It is also very popular in the rural areas, particularly in Sindh.
Who is Asif Ali Zardari?
Asif Ali Zardari is a Pakistani politician and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He held several public offices in Pakistan including Minister of Commerce and Investment, Minister of Science and Technology, and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources in 2008.
He was also the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party until October 2018. Asif Ali Zardari is the husband of former Pakistani President and Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.