Islamabad - Speakers on Thursday paid homage to former secretary general for foreign affairs Akram Zaki at a condolence reference held here to recognise his commendable services for the country.

The event was organised at Preston University, which was attended by family members of late Zaki, leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Sartaj Aziz, former Foreign Minister Inamul-Haq and Chairman Pakistan Cultural Forum Zafar Bakhtawari.

Senator Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Raja Zafar-ul-Haq acclaiming the late Akram Zaki’s services for the country said that he lived a successful life with his original thinking, not borrowing the ideas from any other.

He said that late Zaki had predicted about shifting of United States’ Embassy to Jerusalem. “

He had deep vision of international politics,” added Raja Zafar-ul-Haq. The Senator stated that late Akram Zaki gave new spirit and direction to the foreign affairs’ discussions when he was made head of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

“He was against imperialism and always supported and advocated Kashmir and Palestine causes thoughout his service,” he added.

Sartaj Aziz said on the occasion that late Akram Zaki delivered his best in his 40-year career as a diplomat . “Zaki had a multi-talented and multi-dimensional personality as he was an intellectual, a writer and a poet also,” said Sartaj. He added that late Zaki continued his intellectual contribution for Pakistan despite his retirement.

Former Foreign Minister Inam-ul-Haq while expressing his views said that late Zaki was an institution in him and never wasted any single moment of his life.

Chairman Pakistan Cultural Forum Zafar Bakhtawari said that a large number of foreign policy components were reflection of late Akram Zaki’s professional thinking and approach. He said that he was amongst the most successful diplomats appointed in US, China, Philippines and other countries. “He played vital role in China and has the contribution in materialising the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC) initiative,” said Bakhtawari.

“Diplomacy is said to be first line of defence of any country and late Zaki gave his best to the country in every context,” he said.  Chairman Pakistan Human Rights’ Organisation Habib Aurakzai said that Zaki’s concern was always the country for which he contributed till his last breath.