Pakistan’s religious affairs minister dies in road accident in Islamabad

Pakistan’s religious affairs minister Mufti Abdul Shakoor lost his life in a road accident in Islamabad on Saturday, the police said.

He was laid to rest in his hometown Lakki Marwat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on April 16.

The federal minister and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) leader had died in a road accident in the capital’s Red Zone area when he was heading towards Secretariat Chowk from Marriott Hotel.

The police informed that the tragic incident took place after a Toyota Hilux Revo carrying five men hit the minister’s black Toyota Corolla.

The minister was shifted to Polyclinic Hospital but did not survive. Police have arrested the five men riding the vehicle. “The vehicle and occupants have been taken into police custody,” police said.

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Mufti Shakoor hails from the Lakki Marwat. He won the NA-51 National Assembly seat during the 2018 general elections and joined the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif after the ruling alliance in April 2022.

Condolences

President Dr Arif Alvi expressed his “deep sorrow” over the demise and paid tribute to the deceased’s services for interfaith harmony.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was deeply saddened to hear about the sudden demise of his “friend, companion and an important member of the federal cabinet.”

“He was a pious scholar, an ideological political activist and a good man,” he added. “May Allah grant forgiveness to the deceased and patience to his bereaved family.”

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed his sorrow over the demise of Shakoor.

National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Akram Durrani were also grieved after the death of Shakoor.

Salma Khan
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