ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.
In a tweet PM Imran Khan said, “I extend our deepest condolences to people of Oman on the passing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.” He said Sultan Qaboos was a visionary and he transformed Oman into a vibrant modern state.
Oman has lost a beloved leader and Pakistan a close and trusted friend, he said praying, “May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Condoling his death with the Omani people and the government, the foreign minister said that Sultan Qaboos was known as a just and noble hearted ruler.
Qaboos died at the age of 79 on Friday after suffering from cancer. He had been ruler of Oman for several decades since 1970 when he came into power following a bloodless coup against his father. He has no children and brothers to succeed him. He did not marry his entire life.
According to international media sources, paternal cousin of the late Sultan and Oman’s Cultural Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said has been named successor of Qaboos.