ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said Pakistan greatly valued its friendly ties with South Africa and highly admired the role played by Nelson Mandela in cementing these relations.

In a message of good wishes on behalf of government and people of Pakistan for Nelson Mandela, former president of Republic of South Africa, the Prime Minister prayed for his early recovery from illness.

The well-being of great leader like Mandela was not only a blessing for African people but also a source of inspiration for all the oppressed.

people of the world, the Prime Minister added.

He said the valiant struggle of Nelson Mandela during apartheid era and rise of South African nation as a modern democratic state had been an unprecedented achievement which would be remembered throughout the history.