Rashid Rabbani passes away due to Covid-19 complications


KARACHI: PPP Sindh chapter’s vice-president Rashid Rabbani passed away on Thursday due to complications caused by the novel coronavirus, his family said.

According to his family, Rabbani — who was also serving as the Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s special assistant — had been placed on a ventilator. He had tested positive for Covid-19 in May.

Rashid Rabbani (right) stands with his Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari expressed grief over the news and said that Rabbani’s “sudden death had deprived the party of an exemplary, determined, steadfast and visionary leader”. Paying tribute to Rabbani, Bilawal in a statement said that the deceased was a “frontline soldier in the struggle against dictators” and would always be remembered by the party’s leadership and workers.

Bilawal, who is currently in Gujranwala for Pakistan Democratic Movement’s first public meeting, announced three days of mourning over Rabbani’s death and said that the October 18 rally will be dedicated to “memories of Shuhda-e-Karsaz and late Rashid Rabbani”.

PPP holds a public meeting on October 18 every year to commemorate the deadly attack in 2007 on the homecoming procession of late Benazir Bhutto. The former prime minister had survived the attack, in which at least 200 people were killed and over 500 others were injured.

CM Shah also extended condolences to Rabbani’s family on his passing and noted that the deceased was among one of the closest companions of former party chief Benazir. Rabbani’s services for democracy will always be remembered, Shah added.