Pakistan observes a day of mourning over Iranian President Raisi’s death in helicopter crash

Iran’s neighbor Pakistan is observing an official day of mourning over the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, who was confirmed dead on Monday after his helicopter crashed in bad weather in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran on May 19.

Iranian state media reported that Raisi, the country’s foreign minister and others were found dead at the site of the crash after an hours-long search through a foggy, mountainous region in the country’s northwest.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sharif offered “deepest condolences” to the Iranian nation over the Raisi, who had visited Pakistan in April.

“Pakistan will observe a day of mourning and the flag will fly at half mast as a mark of respect for President Raisi and his companions and in solidarity with Brotherly Iran,” Sharif said in a post on social media platform X.

President Asif Ali Zardari also extended condolences. “Today, Pakistan mourns the loss of a great friend,” Zardari said. “Just last month we had the honor of hosting him in Pakistan. During our discussions, I found him very keen on strengthening our bilateral relationship.”

Pakistani leaders including former prime minister Imran Khan, who is in jail, extended their condolences.

Pakistan’s foreign office issued a statement, saying it was shocked at Raisi’s demise. “President Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian were esteemed leaders and statesmen whose contributions to their country and reinforcing Pakistan-Iran relations and regional cooperation will always be remembered,” the foreign office said.

Pakistan PM visits Iranian embassy to extend condolences over President Raisi’s death

On May 20, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday visited the Iranian embassy in Islamabad to extend condolences over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi and other officials in a helicopter crash.

Speaking to the Ambassador of Iran, Reza Amiri Moghadam, the Pakistani prime minister paid rich tributes to the late Iranian President. PM Sharif fondly recalled his interactions with President Raisi, who he said was a great leader, a visionary and a scholar.

PM Sharif reaffirmed that Pakistan would remain committed to further strengthening the brotherly ties between the two countries as he and the late Iranian President had jointly agreed upon during the latter’s recent successful visit to Pakistan.

Pakistani prime minister also signed the condolence book at the Iranian Embassy on this solemn occasion. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ata Tarar, SAPM Tariq Fatemi and the Foreign Secretary on his visit to the embassy.

“H.E. Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, Honourable Prime Minster of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, along with a delegation of high-ranking Pakistani officials attended at the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to express sympathy and condolences to the government and people of Islamic Republic of Iran in consequent to the martyrdom of President Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, FM Hussain Amirabdollahian and their companion,” the Iranian embassy said in a statement.

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