DG Afghan Transit Trade first Grade-22 officer to die of coronairus

04:40 PM | 15 Jun, 2020

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Customs has lost a senior officer to the novel coronavirus, officials said on Monday.

Zahid Khokhar was serving as the director-general of the Afghan Transit Trade at the Pakistan Customs. He was admitted at a private hospital on Sunday and succumbed to the COVID-19 related illness on Monday.

According to the family, Khokhar did not have a pre-existing medical condition but had tested positive for COVID-19.

The late officer was presented a salute by Customs at the place of his posting. His body will be sent to Lahore today and the funeral will be held in Model Town.

Remembering Khokhar as “an honest and upright officer,” Federal Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar shared his condolences with the family over the death of the bureaucrat.

“His humility, professionalism and pleasant nature will always stay in my memory,” the minister recalled on Twitter.

Khokhar is the first Grade-22 officer in Pakistan to die of the coronavirus.