Islamabad: Presidency will be opened on Monday May 30 for a day to enable people to offer condolences to President Asif Ali Zardari on the death of his father from the people from all walks of life.
The President returned to Islamabad from Benazirabad last night after the Soyem held Wednesday evening.
In a statement today Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that in view of the large number of people wishing to condole with the President and in view of the fact that individual condolence calls are not feasible the President today directed that Monday be reserved for receiving condolences calls.
The condolences will be received from people in groups, he said.
According to the program the condolence meetings will start with the staff of President’s secretariat at 1345 hours to 1400 hours to be followed by condolences from foreign diplomats from 1400 to 1430 hours.
The service chiefs will also call on the President. The Ministers and members of parliament, political figures and government officials will call on President for 30 minutes from 1500 to 1530 hours.
He said that the President will receive condolences from civil society organizations, writers, journalists and people from all walks of life from 1530 to 1600 hours.
Leaders and workers of the PPP will call on the President from 1600 to 1630 hours to offer their condolences on that day, Farhatullah Babar said.
Meanwhile in a separate statement today the President thanked all those who participated in the funeral of his father or visited Zardari House in Benazirabad and sent messages and made telephone calls to offer condolences.
“The outpouring of sympathy and affection of the people in this hour of personal grief was a source of strength for him and the family to bear the loss with fortitude”, the President statement said.
The thought and realization that so many people have been around to share it made the grief and pain less unbearable, he said. The President also thanked the doctors, the paramedics and all those who looked after his father during illness.
He expressed gratitude of the family to the people who travelled from as far as Gilgit, Azad Kashmir, Peshawar, FATA, Balochistan, Karachi and indeed from the interior and remote areas of the country in this hot summer and otherwise shared his grief.
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