Battling cancer at the age of 70, Naeem ul Haque — one of the senior-most members of the PTI and a close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan —breathed his last in Karachi on Saturday.
PM Imran and many others expressed grief after news broke that Haque had passed.
PM Imran, a close friend of the deceased, said he was “devastated” by his close friend’s demise.
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.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 15, 2020
“He was one of the 10 founding members of the PTI and by far the most loyal,” the prime minister wrote. “In 23 years of PTI’s trials and tribulations, he stood by me. He was always there for support whenever we were at our lowest ebb.”
“In the last two years, I saw him battle cancer with courage and optimism,” PM Imran wrote.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif also paid his respects to the deceased.
Very sad to hear about the passing away of Naeem-ul-Haq. My profound condolences to the bereaved family and the PTI. May Allah rest his soul in peace!
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 15, 2020
“Very sad to hear about the passing away of Naeem-ul-Haq. My profound condolences to the bereaved family and the PTI. May Allah rest his soul in peace!” he tweeted.
President Arif Alvi expressing his condolence said: “Was a pleasure to have known him as a close friend for last 40 years. May his soul rest in peace & may Allah give strength to his family to bear this loss.”
My dear friend @naeemul_haque has passed away
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
A great Pakistani & founder of PTI. Was a pleasure to have known him as a close friend for last 40 years. May his soul rest in peace & may Allah give strength to his family to bear this loss.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) February 15, 2020
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said: “His [Haque’s] commitment to the party and services to PTI were invaluable. He was a great friend and shall be missed. May his soul rest in peace.”
Deeply saddened by the demise of Naeem Ul Haq. He fought cancer with true grit and determination. His commitment to the party and services to PTI were invaluable. He was a great friend and shall be missed. May his soul rest in peace.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) February 15, 2020
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said that it he was saddening to hear about Haque’s passing.
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar expressed grief on Haque’s demise said that “he was a great man who always talked about the betterment of the country.”
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan expressed sorrow over Haque’s demise saying that he stood with the family of the deceased in these troubled times.
Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak expressed grief and sorrow over Haque’s sad demise .
Very sad to hear about Naeemulhaq’s death. He was an asset for the party. Inalillahi Wainna Ilaihi Rajioon
— Pervez Khattak (@PervezKhattakPK) February 15, 2020
In his tweet, he wrote, “Very sad to hear about Naeem ul Haque’s death.He was an asset for the party.”
Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said: “Can’t imagine PTI without Naeem frankly! So many wonderful memories come flooding.”
In Naeem's passing I have lost a unique friend. His humour, his political support for me in PTI, his passion for music, his temper – & his fight against cancer till the end – all was so "Naeem"! Can't imagine PTI without Naeem frankly! So many wonderful memories come flooding.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) February 15, 2020
Federal Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, expressing deep sorrow and grief over the demise, said: “PM Imran has lost a true friend today. Haque’s services for PTI will always be remembered.”
Special Advisor to PM for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan expressing grief said: ” Naeem-ul-Haq’s sad demise had created a vacuum which could not be filled easily.”
نعیم الحق صاحب کے انتقال پرگہرے دکھ ہوا ۔وہ وزیراعظم عمران خان کے دیرینہ ساتھی اور پارٹی کا عظیم اثاثہ تھے،ان کے انتقال سےپیدا ہونے والاخلاآسانی سے پر نہیں ہوگا،انہوں نے بیماری کااستقامت اور حوصلے سے مقابلہ کیا۔اللہ تعالیٰ ان کو جوار رحمت میں جگہ عطا فرمائے،لواحقین کوصبر جمیل دے۔
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) February 15, 2020
Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz Chohan said,“Haque was my benefactor and elder brother. He was a decent person.”
PPP leader Syeda Shehla Raza said that may Allah forgive Haque and grant him a high place.
وزیر اعظم کے معاون خصوصی نعیم الحق بلآخر کینسر سے شکست کھا گئے
اللہ ان کی مغفرت کرے اور اعلی مقام عطا کرے
— Syeda Shehla Raza (@SyedaShehlaRaza) February 15, 2020
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser also expressed sorrow on the the PTI leader’s demise.