Pakistan to observe ‘day of mourning’ today

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PM to visit Uzbekistan, UK, US

Pakistan has announced one-day state mourning in memory of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday, September 8. The national flag will fly at half-mast on Monday, September 12, according to a government notification. The foreign ministry had proposed the one day of mourning for the UK’s Queen, who was also the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved the mourning and instructed the cabinet division to make arrangements.

Pakistan is a Commonwealth member but unlike Commonwealth realms where the king or queen of the UK is seen as the head of the state, it is a republic.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is set to go on official visits to Uzbekistan, Britain and the United States in the days to come, it was learnt on Sunday.

As per the official sources, the prime minister will visit Uzbekistan on September 15 and 16 where he will address a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Samarkand.

The prime minister will return from his Uzbekistan visit on the evening of September 16, and he will leave for London on September 18 on a two-day visit.

 

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