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Sindh minister Ghulam Murtaza Baloch dies of coronavirus

–JUI-F MNA Munir Khan Orakzai passes away after recovering from Covid-19

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Sindh Minister for Human Settlement Haji Ghulam Murtaza Baloch passed away on Tuesday after battling coronavirus.

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader was a member of the Sindh Assembly from PS-88 Malir-II since July 2018. He had contracted the virus during relief activities in his hometown on May 14 and requested for the prayers for a speedy recovery. On May 23, he was shifted to the ICU of a private hospital in Karachi after his health started to deteriorate.

The news of his death was confirmed by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, who expressed grief over the loss of his colleague. In a statement, he said, “Baloch died due to the coronavirus. He was a brave and diligent member of the PPP. It will be a difficult task to replace him.”

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed grief on the death of the party’s Malir district president.

Earlier in the day, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) MNA Munir Khan Orakzai, who had fallen sick during a session of the National Assembly (NA) last month, passed away on Tuesday, his nephew IrfanullahKhan Orakzai confirmed.

According to Irfanullah, when the family tried to wake his uncle up for morning prayers, he did not respond, upon which he was immediately taken to Thal Civil Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

He further said that his uncle had tested positive for the coronavirus in April but made a full recovery and last tested negative on May 8.

Munir, 61, hailed from Kurram district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was elected to NA-45 in the 2018 elections.

President Dr Arif Alvi expressed “deep grief and sorrow” on the MNA’s death, saying his services would be remembered.

KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan also expressed grief on Munir’s death and offered his condolences to the deceased’s family.