Divisional Post Office Town Officer Sahiwal Muhammad Rafique Zaidi, the younger brother of Deputy Editor Nawa-i-Waqt Saeed Asi, uncle of a private TV web editor Shahbaz Saeed Asi, elder brother of Depalpur TMA Chief Officer Naveed Ahmad Saylani and father of Ali Imran, passed away here on Monday.

Funeral for the departed soul was offered at Darbar Naqshbandia Aalia in Peer Karrian which was attended by hundreds of people from all walks of life including religious, political and social personalities, traders, teachers, lawyers and large number of journalists. Later, he was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard near the grave of his father.

Renowned personalities from various segments of society including the Punjab Minister for Auqaf, Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farakh Javed, MNA Sardar Mansab Ali, MNA Syed Azhar Hussain Gillani, former MNA Mian Ahmad Raza Khan Manika, Assistant caretaker of (sajjada nasheen) of Darbar Baba Farid Shakar Gunj Ahmad Masood Chishti Farooqi, President Faizan-e-Aowliya Pakistan Syed Muhammad Chishti, District Ameer Minhajul Quran Rana Manzoor Ahmad, President Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajraan Haji Muhammad Waseem, prominent social leader Haji Muhammad Masood Khalid, PML-N District General Secretary Muhammad Jameel Fareedi, President Pakpattan Press Club Chaudhry Abdual Rahim Wahid, General Secretary Malik Muhammad Ali and many other expressed their heartfelt sorrows over the sad demise of Muhammad Rafique Zaidi. They also prayed to Allah the Almighty to grant eternal peace and rest to the departed soul and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this loss with courage.