President Arif Alvi hails queen as 'great and beneficent ruler'

By: AFP
Published: 11:52 PM, 8 Sep, 2022
President Arif Alvi hails queen as 'great and beneficent ruler'
Caption: Pakistan President Arif Alvi, head of state of the second most populous country in the commonwealth of former British colonies, hailed Queen Elizabeth II as a "great and beneficent ruler" following her death Thursday.
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Pakistan President Arif Alvi, head of state of the second most populous country in the commonwealth of former British colonies, hailed Queen Elizabeth II as a "great and beneficent ruler" following her death Thursday.

https://twitter.com/PresOfPakistan/status/1567934211637628940

Her departure has left an immense vacuum, he said, adding she "would be remembered in golden words in the annals of world history".

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also sent his "heartfelt condolences".

Queen Elizabeth twice visited Pakistan -- in 1961 and again 1997, as the country celebrated 50 years of independence from British colonial rule.

The United Kingdom is Pakistan's largest European trade, investment and development partner, and Britain hosts one of the biggest Pakistani diasporas in Europe, estimated at over 1.6 million.

AFP

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