Atal Behari Vajpayee passes away, Pak leadership condoles, pays tribute


NEW DELHI: Former Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has died aged 93.Hewas being treated for age-related illnesses in Delhi’s AIIMS hospital. Vajpayee was one of the founding members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently governs India. Considered a giant of Indian politics, he served as prime minister three times between 1996 and 2004 and was instrumental in making India a global nuclear power. During his second stint as prime minister in 1998, he surprised the world by announcing that India had conducted a series of underground nuclear tests. It was the first time India had carried out nuclear tests since 1974.
The experiments had taken place without any warning to the international community, which led to widespread outrage and concern. Imran Khan condoles Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan offered his condolences over the demise of Former Indian prime ministerAtal Bihari Vajpayee. Imran said that Vajpayee’s efforts for peace between Pakistan and India will always be remembered, adding that the deceased was a huge political figure in South Asia.
The PTI chief said that as Prime Minister Vajpayee took the responsibility to enhance relations between Pakistan and India. ‘There is a void in the politics of South Asia after his death. There can be political differences but the desire of peace remains present across the border,” the PTI leader said. “We stand with India in this difficult time.” PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his sincere condolences on the death of former Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Vajpayee.
“Prime Minister Vajpayee’s efforts towards establishing an atmosphere of trust between India and Pakistan will be his lasting legacy,”Bilawal said, hoping that India’s current leadership exhibits similar intentions and commitment towards sustainable peace in South Asia.