ISLAMABAD (Agencies): Former finance minister Sartaj Aziz passed away in Islamabad on Tuesday, according to government and PML-N officials.

The PML-N announced his death in a post on social media platform X.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Mr Sartaj Aziz. A stalwart, a true icon and a towering figure! His contributions to the nation and towards the party will never be forgotten.”

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Aziz passed away earlier in the evening in Islamabad.

According to state-run Radio Pakistan, Aziz held senior positions at the Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission, shaping economic policies that “steered Pakistan through crucial eras”.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar expressed his grief over the passing of senior politician and former federal minister Sartaj Aziz, lauding him as a “seasoned politician” and a “great national asset.”

Conveying his condolence to the grieving family, the prime minister prayed to Allah Almighty for the elevation of late Sartaj Aziz’s status in paradise.

He said that besides being a learned and seasoned politician, Sartaj Aziz was also an active member of the Pakistan Movement, solidifying his stature as a valuable national asset.

The services of late Sartaj Aziz for Pakistan will always be remembered, the prime minister remarked.

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