Interim information minister departs for Vajpayee’s funeral

Interim information minister departs for Vajpayee’s funeral

Pakistan on Thursday condoled over the demise of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last on the day in New Delhi.

Reacting to the sad development which has shocked the country, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Ex-aide to former PM, said he worked with Kulkarni for 6 years, he treated everyone with respect, he further said that Vajpayee had asserted that the Kashmir dispute cannot be solved constitutionally, and only by the boundaries of humanity.

Kumar in a series of tweets also shared pictures of meeting of Swaraj with other leaders separately, including Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Lakshman Kiriella.

The country observed a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader who was decorated with Bharat Ratna and was very popular. "The India-Sri Lanka FTA (free trade agreement), the first free trade agreement for both countries, stands testimony to his visionary leadership", said another post by Sri Lankan foreign secretary Prasad Kariyawasam.

The body of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been taken to his residence in the national capital where people can pay their last respects, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

The former prime minister was accorded a state funeral with thousands of people joining his last journey.

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Pakistan's prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan remembered Vajpayee as a "tall personality of the subcontinent", news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Vajpayee was not afraid to take risks. "The government and people of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences to his family, government and people of India", the statement read.

Yuval Rotem, Ambassador, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, in his message said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a giant - India's former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee".

Dr Mufti Mukarram Ahmed termed the demise of Mr Vajpayee a great loss.

In many ways Vajpayee was a complicated figure, a leader of the moderate wing of India's often-strident Hindu nationalist movement and a lifelong poet who oversaw India's growth into a strutting regional economic power.

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