Rehman Malik, former interior minister and leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), died early Wednesday morning from coronavirus complications. Malik was 70 when he died in Islamabad.
His publicist Riaz Ali Turi verified the news on Twitter. “Deeply saddened to announce the death of PPP senior leader Abdul Rehman Malik,” he said.
Recently, the former minister was treated in a private hospital. According to sources close to Malik, he was brought to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit for treatment of pulmonary problems from Covid-19.
His spouse and two sons survive him. Malik was a PPP senator and served as the country’s interior minister from 2008 until 2013.
As word of the former minister’s death spread, party members and other politicians took to Twitter to express their condolences.
In a statement, PPP chair Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari stated Malik has “always practised politics of honesty and values.”
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