Bilawal condoles demise of Vajpayee

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Staff Reporter

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his sincere condolences on the death of former Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Vajpayee.
“Prime Minister Va-jpayee’s efforts to-wards establishing an atmosphere of trust between India and Pakistan will be his lasting leg-acy,”Bilawal said, hoping that India’s current leadership exhibits similar in-tentions and com-mitment towards sus-tainable peace in South Asia.
Three-time Indian prime minister died on Thursday, spark-ing tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the “irreplaceable loss” of the respected statesman.
The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deterio-rated sharply in re-cent days, with doc-tors placing him on life support.
The sudden turn sparked a flurry of visits from top digni-taries, including Modi, who credited Vajpayee with laying the foundations for the meteoric rise of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that rules India today.
“Atal Ji´s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me,” Modi said in a tweet Thursday, using a Hindi-language hon-orific.
“It was Atal Ji´s ex-emplary leadership that set the founda-tions for a strong, prosperous and in-clusive India in the 21st century.
“It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick.”The sudden turn sparked a flurry of visits from top digni-taries, including Modi, who credited Vajpayee with laying the foundations for the meteoric rise of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that rules India today.The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deterio-rated sharply in re-cent days, with doc-tors placing him on life support.
Vajpayee was being treated at the All In-dia Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, where he was admit-ted nine weeks ago.

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