KARACHI: Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Ayatullah Durrani passed away in Quetta on Sunday.
Durrani, 64, had been undergoing treatment for the past few days and had been at the Fatima Jinnah Chest Hospital in Quetta. He had served as the state minister for industries and production during his party’s third tenure in 2009.
PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed grief over Durrani’s demise.
Both the leaders, in a condolence message, paid rich tributes to the former minister and said that his services for the party were immense. “He was a true soldier of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who remained steadfast with the party’s ideology. His death is not only the loss of the PPP but also of the people of Balochistan,” a statement issued by party’s media wing read.
“Not only the PPP but also the people of Balochistan lost an effective voice that fought for their rights,” it added.
Sindh Chief Minister also expressed grief at Durrani’s death. “Deeply grieved to learn that friend and party stalwart Dr Ayatullah Durrani has left us today. My prayers for him and his family. May Allah Almighty make this time easier for them, and for us all,” he said in a tweet.
Deeply grieved to learn that friend and party stalwart Dr. Ayatullah Durrani has left us today. My prayers for him and his family. May Allah Almighty make this time easier for them, and for us all. pic.twitter.com/4t6PZbsgVK
— Murad Ali Shah (@MuradAliShahPPP) July 5, 2020