Former Pakistan PM Jamali, who held office under Musharraf, dies

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 03, 2020, 03.12 PM(IST)

Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali Photograph:( AFP )

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Jamali took office in November 2002 when Musharraf allowed holding parliamentary elections after coming into power via a military coup

Pakistan's former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali died on Wednesday after recently suffering from a heart attack, his family confirmed on Wednesday

The 76-year-old, who became the prime minister under military dictator Pervez Musharraf, died in Rawalpindi, his son Mir Muhammad Khan Jamali said. 

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Jamali took office in November 2002 when Musharraf allowed holding parliamentary elections after coming into power via a military coup. 

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He stepped down in 2004 due to differences with the party leadership and Musharraf and was succeeded by his cabinet minister Shaukat Aziz who held the post until the next election was held in 2008.

Coming from an influential political family, Jamali was the first and only PM from the province of Balochistan, which has seen a lot of unrest due to several separatist and Islamist insurgencies. 

Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed his condolences via a tweet. 

"Saddened to hear of the passing of Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. My condolences and prayers go to his family," Khan wrote on Twitter. 

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Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also his condolences on the former PM's demise. 

“May Allah bless his soul & give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss," tweeted an Inter-Services Public Relations quoting him as saying.

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The former PM will be buried on Thursday in his ancestral town of Rojhan Jamali.

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