KARACHI: The funeral prayer of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeemul Haque was offered at Ayesha Masjid, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase-6 after Asr prayers, which was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life.
Prominent figures were Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Qassim Soori, Federal Ministers Aijaz Shah, Ali Zaidi, Farogh Naseem and Asad Umer, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, PTI leaders MNA Aftab Siddiqui, Khurram Sher-uz-Zaman, Haleem Adil Sheikh, Dr Pervaiz Ghaffar, PTI MPA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Faizullah, former Sindh minister Irfanullah Khan Marwat, business leaders Siraj Kassem Teli and Aqil Karim Dhedi and Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam. He was buried in DHA (Gizri) graveyard.
Speaking to the media, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan paid tribute to Haque and said, “As a soldier on the frontline, he (Haque) not only defended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s narrative at every turn but also worked tirelessly to turn his (PM Imran’s) vision into reality.”
“We will not let his (Haque’s) cause die. PTI will keep his vision alive,” the SAPM vowed.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed his grief on the sad demise of Haque. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the COAS prayed for the deceased and his family. “May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to the bereaved family, Aamen,” COAS said.
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also expressed his grief over the sad demise of the special assistant. In a message received from the Pakistan Navy spokesperson, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi extended his heartfelt condolence on the death of the prominent politician. “May Allah exalt the ranks of the late and give patience to his family,” the Naval Chief prayed.
Haque, who was one of the founders of PTI, passed away on Saturday after battling cancer. He was 70.
Survived by a son and a daughter, Haque was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago but over the past few months, his health had started to deteriorate. He was moved to a hospital in Karachi during the first half of the day after his condition further destabilised.
PTI’s Karachi chapter has announced three days of mourning following the leader’s demise.
PM Imran — who had called upon Haque at his residence earlier this month to inquire after the deceased leader’s health — said he was “devastated by one of my oldest friend Naeem’s passing”.
In a tweet, the prime minister said: “He was one of the 10 founding members of PTI and by far the most loyal. In 23 yrs of PTI’s trials and tribulations, he stood by me. He was always there for support whenever we were at our lowest ebb.
“In the last two years, I saw him battle cancer with courage and optimism. Till the very end, he was involved in Party affairs and attended cabinet meetings as long as he was able. His passing has left an irreplaceable void.”
Haque was the former central information secretary and one of the founding members of the PTI. He was also the former president of PTI’s Sindh chapter.
When the PTI came into power in 2018, he was appointed the prime minister’s special assistant on political affairs.