Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Federal Minister for Senator Ishaq Dar Wednesday paid rich tributes to late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, saying Pakistan has lost a sincere friend.

Three of the leaders visited the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and wrote their impressions in the condolence book.

President Mamnoon Hussaid while recording his impressions in the condolence book said that Pakistan has lost a sincere friend in the death of King Abdullah, while the Muslim Ummah has lost a visionary leader. The president said people of Pakistan share grief of their Saudi brethren over sad demise of Khadim-e-Harmain Sharifain.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also visited Saudi Embassy in Islamabad and condoled the death of late Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. He recorded his impression in the condolence book at the embassy. He termed the death of King Abdullah as a great loss. He said Shah Abdullah was best friend of Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, also visited Embassy of Saudi Arabia and condoled the sad demise of King Abdullah. In his meeting with the Saudi Charge d’ affaires, Jassim Bin Mohammad Al Khaldi, the minister expressed heart-felt grief and sorrow over the passing away of Saudi king.

He said the late king was a great leader and a supporter of Pakistan. He has rendered great services for the religion, Muslim Ummah and Pakistan. “Late King Abdullah was a great believer in inter-faith harmony and presented before the world the true picture of Islam as a religion of peace and moderation,” the minister remarked. He further said that with the death of King Abdullah, Pakistan has lost a great friend. “He always helped Pakistan and provided assistance in the hour of need.”

The minister prayed that May Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved family, the Saudi nation and the whole Muslim world to bear this loss. His services for the Muslim world will be written in golden words, the minister added. He also recorded his impressions in the condolences book on the occasion.

Saudi Charge d’ affaires, Jassim Bin Mohammad Al Khaldi thanked the minister for the benign gesture, expressing the hope that Pak-Saudi ties would be further bolstered in future under the new Saudi leadership.

Later in an exclusive talk with the Saudi TV, Dar extended warm felicitations to the newly crowned King, Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. He said that like his predecessors, King Salman was a great statesman and a man of vision. “I am sure he would prove to be a great friend of Pakistan,” he said.