By Muhammad Rashid
KARACHI, Thursday, August 20, 2020 (WNP/DL): Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, seasoned politician and veteran Baloch nationalist leader, Thursday died at the age of 62.
He was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Karachi, National Party Central Secretary General Jan Muhammad Buledi said.
He said Bizenjo was admitted to the hospital after his health deteriorated. The senator was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.
He remained chief of the National Party and was currently serving as an ideologue of the party.
Politicians, journalists and intellectuals expressed grief and sorrow at the senator’s passing.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed grief over his demise and extended condolences to the senator’s family and friends, according to a tweet by the DG ISPR.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) expresses grief and extends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends on sad demise of Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo.
“May Allah bless the departed soul in eternal peace-Ameen”, COAS.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 20, 2020
Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) president Sardar Akhtar Mengal shared his condolences in a tweet.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Extremely saddened by the news of Hasil Bizenjo’s passing. My deepest condolences. May Allah grant him the highest place in Jannah. Prayers with the family during this difficult time.
— Akhtar Mengal (@sakhtarmengal) August 20, 2020
Leader of Opposition in National Assembly and PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif in a tweet said he was “shocked and saddened” by the news of Bizenjo’s death.
“As a distinguished politician from Balochistan, he represented the voice of the people of his province & stood for progressive & rule-based politics.”
Shocked & saddened by the news of Senator Hasil Bizenjo's death. As a distinguished politician from Balochistan, he represented the voice of the people of his province & stood for progressive & rule-based politics. May Allah rest his soul in peace!
انا للہ وانا الیہ راجعون
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 20, 2020
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari described his death as “a great loss to the country, its democratic forces and Balochistan”.
“Bizenjo remained in the forefront in the struggle for supremacy of the Constitution and strengthening of democracy” and was “a strong voice against injustices to Balochistan”, Bilawal said in a statement.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expresses deep grief and sorrow over the death Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjohttps://t.co/BUB59fWepW
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) August 20, 2020