ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and Senator Rehman Malik was laid to rest in the H-VIII graveyard of Islamabad amid official protocol by traffic police and the CDA administration.
The funeral prayers for the former interior minister were offered at 2:30pm. Vehicles of the traffic police and ambulances of the CDA administration had accompanied the funeral procession from his residence to the cemetery.
Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and a large number of political and social personalities attended his funeral prayers that were offered at the funeral hall of H-VIII graveyard. He was laid to rest near the grave of Dr Abdul Qadir Khan.
Pakistan’s former interior minister and senior leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Rehman Malik, has passed away, his spokesperson said in the early hours of Wednesday. He was hospitalized last month with COVID-19 related complications and had since been on a ventilator. He is survived by his widow and two sons.
Rehman Malik was born in 1951 in Sialkot, Punjab, and gained his BSc and MSc in Statistics in 1973 from the Karachi University. In 2011, Karachi University awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of “matchless services to the country in the war on terror and particularly in restoring peace to the citizens of Karachi.”
Before turning to politics, Malik had pursued a successful career in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as a special agent, eventually becoming the Additional Director General of the FIA in 1993. During his stint as director, he coordinated successful counter-terrorist operations in the country as well as abroad, including the arrest and extradition to the United States in 1995 of Ramzi Yousef, one of the main perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the bombing of Philippine Airlines Flight 434.
After being removed from the directorship by PM Nawaz Sharif, Malik moved to the United Kingdom and joined the PPP.
From 2004 until 2007, he served as the chief of security for ex-PM Benazir Bhutto and became a senior official of the central committee of the PPP. After successfully contesting the general elections in 2008, Malik was appointed adviser and eventually interior minister, a post on which he remained until 2013.
Rehman Malik had tested positive for the coronavirus in January. At that time, his spokesperson said the former senator had initially been shifted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital in Islamabad after his condition deteriorated. However, his condition had continued to worsen and doctors subsequently put him on a ventilator on February 1.
Rehman Malik obtained a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Karachi in 1973 and was awarded an honorary PhD from the same institution in 2012.
He had a long career as a politician and held many portfolios, including his term as interior minister from 2008 to 2013.
He was also a recipient of the Sitara-i-Shujaat for his services in the Federal Investigation Agency and the Nishan-i-Imtiaz.