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I have received with heavy heart the news of the sad demise of a great leader and father of South Africa Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On behalf of the Government, people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and on my own behalf, I would like to convey our sincere condolences to the government, the family and the people of the Republic of South Africa on the passing away of the iconic figure.

Mr. Nelson Mandela was a staunch believer in human dignity, peace and democracy throughout his life. The people of Pakistan join the people of South Africa in their moment of sorrow. Mr. Mandela will long be remembered for his struggle against injustice, cruelty, discrimination and giving new hope to the oppressed world over.
Pakistan had been at the forefront of the international efforts to dismantle the apartheid. The people of Pakistan are proud to walk the last mile of democracy in South Africa. Nelson Mandela appreciated Pakistan’s support and twice visited Islamabad, first in 1992 and then in May in 1999.

May his soul rest in eternal peace and May God give the members of the bereaved family and the people of South Africa courage and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and the ability to continue to follow the path of Nelson Mandela.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

(Mamnoon Hussain)
President of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
H.E. Mr. Jacob ZUMA
President of the Republic of South Africa

December 06, 2013

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