PML-N leader Sartaj Aziz passes away at 95

11:12 PM | 2 Jan, 2024
PML-N leader Sartaj Aziz passes away at 95

Former federal minister for finance and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sartaj Aziz breathed his last on Tuesday.

Born in 1929, Sartaj Aziz held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission, shaping economic policies that steered Pakistan through crucial eras.

Born on February 7, 1929, in Nowshehra, Aziz has been part of the Pakistan Movement. He joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1950. He received his master’s degree in economics from the Harvard University.

Aziz also served as joint secretary of the Planning Commission. He remained a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1999.

He worked as finance minister and state minister for agriculture. He was picked as advisor to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs after Nawaz Sharif won the 2013 general elections and became the prime minister of Pakistan for the third time.

PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said Aziz was a veteran of the Pakistan movement and a “great asset” to the nation. “He will be missed very much. His services for the nation will always be remembered,” Iqbal added. 

President Dr Arif Alvi expressed his grief over the death and extended his condolences to Aziz’s family.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar lauded the deceased as an “experienced politician” and a “great asset” to the nation.

Interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani said he was “deeply grieved” to learn about the death and praised the deceased as a “thorough gentleman”.

“He was an iconic figure who served Pakistan selflessly and with exemplary dedication. He will always be remembered for his intellectual prowess, integrity and kindness,” the foreign minister said. 

Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi also paid tribute to Aziz and extended his condolences to the family. “He was a leader who played an important role in the development of Pakistan. Sartaj Aziz’s services for solving the country’s economic problems are unforgettable,” Solangi said.

Former information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said his contributions to Pakistan were “immeasurable” and his commitment to the PMLN was “exemplary”.

Former ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said he “served the country with distinction in many roles”.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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