ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Muhammad passed away on Tuesday, days after he sustained critical injuries in a military helicopter crash in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region.
On May 8, a MI-17 helicopter carrying foreign diplomats crashed due to a technical fault while landing in Naltar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan causing deaths of seven persons including Norwegian Ambassador Leif Holger Larsen and the Philippines Ambassador Domingo D. Lucenario.
The 58-year-old Indonesian envoy was among those who were injured in the crash. He was under treatment at a hospital in Singapore but today he succumbed to his injuries.
“Indonesia’s foreign ministry has just lost one of its best diplomats, Ambassador Burhan Muhammad, who passed away at 00:50 on May 19 local time in Singapore,” Indonesia’s foreign minister foreign minister Retno Marsudi said.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Indonesia’s ambassador to Pakistan.
The prime minister lauded late ambassador’s role in promoting friendship between Indonesia and Pakistan and prayed that Allah almighty may bless the departed soul with eternal bliss and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.
The Senate, which resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday morning with Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair, also offered fateha for the Indonesian ambassador to Pakistan Burhan Muhammad.