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Pakistan pays tribute to ‘statesman’ Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Pakistan on Thursday paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee hailing him as a “statesman” after he passed away, aged 93

world Updated: Aug 17, 2018 00:22 IST
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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf (L) bids farewell to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as President KR Narayanan (C) looks on at the end of an official welcoming ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday, July 14, 2001. (HT File Photo)

Pakistan on Thursday paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee hailing him as a “statesman” after he passed away, aged 93.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) spokesman said in a statement that “we have learnt with sadness the passing away of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee”.

“Mr Vajpayee was a renowned statesman who contributed to bringing a change in India-Pakistan relations and remained a key supporter of SAARC and regional cooperation for development,” the spokesman said.

He said the government and people of Pakistan extend their “heartfelt condolences” to Vajpayee’s family and to the government and people of India.

First Published: Aug 17, 2018 00:22 IST