Hargeisa, 28 December 2009 (Somalilandpress) — Pakistan’s Adviser on Consular Affairs between Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Missions, Mr Shafiq Ahmed Qureshi has sent a letter of condolences to the family, friends, and to the people and government of Somaliland on the death of Somaliland’s State Foreign Minister, Mr Saed Mohamed Nur, who past away on Thursday night in the capital.
Mr Saed died of natural causes at his home in Hargeisa on Thursday.
On Monday, Mr Shafiq expressed profound condolences in a letter that was issued from his office. Mr Shafiqi wrote: “I am very much shocked and sad to hear the demise news of death of the Honorable State Foreign Minister. May Allah bless him with and put him in the heaven (Paradise), Ameen. I was very much attached personally with the Somaliland officials. I wish if I could come and attended his funeral ceremony.”
Mr Shafiq, accompanied by the Deputy Secretary General of Pakistan People’s Party (ruling party), Sheikh Mansoor Ahmed, visited Somaliland in November this year on a six day fact-finding mission to the young republic.
“Please convey my heart felt condolences to his immediate family, the President, The Foreign Minister , The Governor General of the Bank, The Vice President. I remember and cannot forget his hospitality, cooperation and affection during my visit to Somaliland from November 2nd to November 8th, 2009,” he added.
This comes at a time when Mr Shifiq will be marking a key holy-day. Every year Shia Muslims in the month of Muharram (the first month of Islamic calendar) around the world mourn the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
“Here in Pakistan today is 10th of Muharram and I will arrange in his honor special Qurani Khawani Isale suwab for departed soul. May God give the strength to his family and the Government of the Somaliland to overcome the unbearable loss (Ameen).”
In this week, along with the death of Mr Saed, Somaliland officials dealt with other two close deaths. On Sunday night, the chairman of UDUB party, Mr Osman Abdullahi Egal’s brother Hassan Abdullahi past away in Denmark, while Somaliland’s representative to France, Mr Mohamoud Salah Nur died in a hospital in Paris.
The president has issued separate statements offering his condolences on the deaths of the officials to their families, relatives and to the people of Somaliland.[ad#Google Adsense (200×90)]
With a population of 3.5 million people, according to government estimates, Somaliland is relatively stable democracy even though it has not been internationally recognised.