PM Khan's aide Naeemul Haq passes away in Karachi

The undated file photo shows Naeemul Haque, left, with Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan. (Photo courtesy: Naeem ul Haque/Twitter)
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Updated 16 February 2020

PM Khan's aide Naeemul Haq passes away in Karachi

  • ‘His passing has left irreplaceable void,’ says PM
  • Haque was one of the founding members of the ruling PTI

KARACHI: Naeemul Haque, a close aide and friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party passed away in Karachi on Saturday at the age of 70.
Khurram Sherzaman, the party’s leader in southern Sindh province confirmed the PTI leader had died, and told Arab News that his funeral would take place at Masjid Aisha after Zuhr prayers on Sunday.
In a statement on Twitter, PM Khan said he was devastated by the news.
“Am devastated by one of my oldest friend Naeem’s passing. He was one of the 10 founding mbrs of PTI & by far the most loyal. In 23 yrs of PTI’s trials & tribulations, he stood by me. He was always there for support whenever we were at our lowest ebb,” Khan tweeted.
In a separate tweet, Khan said he had seen Haque courageously battle cancer with optimism.
“Till the very end he was involved in Party affairs and attended cabinet meetings as long as he was able. His passing has left an irreplaceable void,” he said.
Haque was born to Indian immigrant parents in Karachi on July 11, 1949. He completed his MA in English literature from Karachi University in 1970 and had a law degree from the Sindh Muslim law college.
In 1996, he became one of the five founding members of PTI alongside close friend Imran Khan.


General Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign 

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General Bajwa, Bill Gates discuss Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign 

  • The American business tycoon praises the army for supporting the anti-polio drive and ensuring its reach and coverage 
  • The army chief passes on the credit to ‘grassroots workers’ 

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and American business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates spoke on telephone about Pakistan’s COVID-19 response and resumption of anti-polio campaign, said an official handout prepared and circulated by the military’s public relations wing, ISPR, on Saturday.
Gates applauded the Pakistan Army for supporting the anti-polio drive and ensuring the program’s proper reach and coverage.
In response, the army chief said that the effort to make Pakistan polio-free was a “national cause,” adding that the credit for running an effective campaign went to “grassroots workers, including mobile teams, law enforcement agencies and healthcare representatives.”
The two also discussed how to carry out a safe anti-polio drive for everyone amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“​Mr. Gates also appreciated Pakistan’s success against COVID-19 despite resource constraints,” said the statement. “The COAS attributed the success to a true national response executed through the mechanism of [National Command and Operation Center] which allowed optimization of resources.”
The American businessman reiterated the Gates Foundation’s ongoing commitment “to fight pandemics” around the world and to support Pakistan in its goals of ending polio and improving health for every child.