September 29, 2021
LONDON—Veteran journalist, a renowned intellectual, and former ambassador Wajid Shamsul Hasan, with over 40 years of association with journalism, breathed his last at the Royal Free Hospital in London on Tuesday.
PPP leader Sherry Rehman, in her tweet, posted a condolence message for the departed soul, acknowledging his "lifetime of devotion to democracy, human rights, free press and the PPP."
"What a loss! Heartfelt condolences to his family and the broader civil society community he was deeply involved with," she said.
He suffered from a prolonged illness and was under treatment for the past six weeks.
The former ambassador, a close confidante of late prime minister Benazir Bhutto, had served as Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK from 2008-2013.
Hassan also played a pivotal role in drafting the famous Charter of Democracy signed between the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in 2007.
Reportedly, his funeral prayers will be offered at the Regent Mosque, London, on Friday.
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