Islamabad - The funeral prayer in absentia of the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, organised by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), was offered here at Faisal Mosque on Saturday.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz passed away on Friday at the age of 90; he had been suffering from a lung infection. The funeral prayer in absentia was led by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf. The funeral prayer in absentia was offered by Ambassador to Pakistan Jassim M Al Khalidi, Cultural Attaché of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Dr Haza Al-Ghamdi, Head Maktab tu Dawah, Muhammad Saad bin Al-Doussri, other Saudi diplomats, diplomats of various Islamic countries, Advisor for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Mian Muhammad Soomro, Acting President IIUI Dr M Bashir Khan, Vice President IIUI, deans, directors, university teachers and employees, members of civil society and people belonging to different walks of life.

On the occasion, eternal peace of the departed soul was prayed while renowned national and international figures condoled to the Saudi Ambassador.

Meanwhile, Yousaf while talking to media said that death of King Abdullah is an irreparable loss to the Muslim Ummah. He added that Pakistani nation stands with King’s family and Saudi nation in this hour of grief.

The minister vowed that strong Pak-Saudi relations would further expand in future.