Former finance minister Sartaj Aziz passes away

Sartaj Aziz passes away

ISLAMABAD: Sartaj Aziz, a veteran economist and politician who served as Pakistan’s finance minister and foreign minister, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95.

His death was confirmed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal in a tweet, who expressed his condolences and praised Aziz’s contributions to the country.

Aziz was born in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in 1929. He was an activist in the Pakistan Movement and a civil servant in the planning commission. He later joined the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

He entered politics in 1984 and served as the minister of state for agriculture and food security under former prime minister Muhammad Khan Junejo. He was appointed as the finance minister by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1990, 1993, and 1997. He also served as the foreign minister in 1998 and 2013, and as the national security advisor in 2013.

He was awarded the Tamgha-e-Pakistan for his services to the nation.

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