Islamabad, 3 January, 2024 (GNP): Former Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz passed away in Islamabad on Tuesday, leaving behind a legacy of service and dedication to Pakistan, as confirmed by government and PML-N officials.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced his passing through a heartfelt message on social media, expressing deep sorrow at the loss of a stalwart leader.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mr. Sartaj Aziz. A stalwart, a true icon, and a towering figure! His contributions to the nation and towards the party will never be forgotten,” the statement read.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mr. Sartaj Aziz. A stalwart, a true icon and a towering figure! His contributions to the nation and towards the party will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace and may he be granted the highest place in jannah. AMEEN pic.twitter.com/SLwrxUYbXp
— PMLN (@pmln_org) January 2, 2024
Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi shared condolences and praised Aziz’s life, highlighting his courage, dignity, and integrity. Abbasi praised Aziz’s substantial contributions to the nation.
Inna lilla he wa inna elahe rajaon
Sartaj Aziz Sahib passed away this evening in Islamabad.
He lived a rare life of courage, dignity, and integrity; a life worth celebrating.
He contributed and accomplished much; excelling at everything that he did. To all of us who worked…
— Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (@SKhaqanAbbasi) January 2, 2024
Aziz’s impactful career spanned senior roles in the Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission, where he played a pivotal role in shaping economic policies that guided Pakistan through significant periods, as cited by state-run Radio Pakistan.
PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal acknowledged Aziz as a veteran of the Pakistan movement, recognizing his invaluable contributions.
“He will be missed very much. His services for the nation will always be remembered,” Ahsan Iqbal remarked.
Leaders across the political spectrum expressed grief and admiration for Aziz’s accomplishments. President Dr. Arif Alvi extended condolences to Aziz’s family, emphasizing the significance of his service to the country.
صدرمملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کاسابق وزیر خزانہ ومشیر خارجہ امور سرتاج عزیز کے انتقال پر اظہارافسوس
صدرمملکت کاسرتاج عزیز کی وفات پرگہرے دُکھ کااظہار
صدرمملکت کا مرحوم سرتاج عزیز کے لواحقین کےساتھ اظہارتعزیت
صدرمملکت کی مرحوم سرتاج عزیز کیلئے دعائےمغفرت، ورثاء کیلئے صبر جمیل کی دعا pic.twitter.com/zsvGB4G4b9
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) January 2, 2024
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar and Interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani hailed Aziz’s political acumen and selfless service, underscoring his role as an asset to Pakistan.
Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi highlighted Aziz’s pivotal role in Pakistan’s economic development, emphasizing his irreplaceable services to the nation.
Former Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and former ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi echoed sentiments of Aziz’s immense contributions and unwavering commitment to Pakistan.
Sad to hear Sartaj Aziz has passed away. He served the country with distinction in many roles. Pakistan will be poorer without him. May he rest in peace.
Former finance minister Sartaj Aziz passes away in Islamabad https://t.co/YTukLNcdR0
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) January 2, 2024
Sartaj Aziz leaves behind a legacy of devotion and significant contributions to Pakistan’s growth and development. His impact on the nation will be remembered and cherished.