Islamabad, 9 September 2022 (TDI): The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, called on the British High Commissioner in Pakistan to express his condolences on the death of Queen Elizabeth II.   

On his arrival at the High Commission, he was greeted by British High Commissioner Christian Turner.

While recording his remarks in the condolence book, the President wrote “with a heavy heart on behalf of the people of Pakistan, I convey my profound condolences on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth-II. Her sad passing away marks an end of an era spanning over a period of seven decades which was characterized by Her Majesty’s graceful service to the British people and the Common Wealth. Her Majesty’s life was devoted to public service and she performed her duties with dignity. I will always cherish my memory of seeing her as a 12-year-old when came to Pakistan in 1961. She was a symbol of poise, grace and dignity. I offer my heartfelt condolences again to the royal family and to the people of the United Kingdom”.

President of Pakistan writing in the book of condolence
President of Pakistan writing in the book of condolence

Later, while speaking with the British High Commissioner, the President recalled the Late Queen’s visit to Pakistan and described her as a visionary stateswoman of unparalleled dignity and grace. 

“Her unwavering commitment to duty, her patronage to charities to uplift less privileged people and her continued efforts to promote peace around the world were exceptional”, he counted. 

The British High Commissioner said that the late Queen had a special place for Pakistan in one of her last messages. 

He also shared that she had expressed her solidarity with the flood victims of Pakistan. 

The President’s message of condolence to the Royal Family: 

Shortly after the announcement of the Queen’s death by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, the President of Pakistan shared a message of condolence for the Royal Family.

He said, “the departed soul ascended the throne at a very young age but showed maturity, character, determination, and commitment of the highest order which had made her one of the longest-reigning monarchs in the world.”

He also added that her departure has left an immense vacuum, difficult to be filled in times to come.

The President said that her inspiring leadership qualities propelled her to the status of a great and beneficent ruler that would be remembered in golden words in the annals of world history.

He offered his sincere and heartfelt prayers for the departed soul and extended his thoughts to go out at this time of sorrow to the Royal family members and people of Great Britain.