Begum Naseem Wali Khan, former provincial president of the Awami National Party (ANP) and widow of the late party leader Abdul Wali Khan passed away on Sunday.
The veteran politician was suffering from diabetes and heart ailments.
She had been elected to the provincial assembly three times in the past.
Begum Naseem Wali Khan and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. PHOTO: EXPRESS
Begum Naseem’s funeral prayers will be offered at 6pm (today) at Wali Bagh, Charsadda, according to a statement issued by ANP spokesperson.
رہبر تحریک خان عبدالولی خان کی شریک حیات (بیوہ) اور عوامی نیشنل پارٹی کی سابق صوبائی صدر بیگم نسیم ولی خان بقضائے الہی وفات پاگئی ہے۔ انکی نمازجنازہ آج شام چھ بجے ولی باغ چارسدہ میں ادا کی جائیگی۔ انا للّٰہ و انا الیہ راجعون pic.twitter.com/TK1CbiEWQr— Awami National Party (@ANPMarkaz) May 16, 2021
Following her demise, the ANP announced three days of mourning in the province.
“The party's political activities across the province will be suspended and the party's flag will be flown at half mast,” said the incumbent ANP provincial president Aimal Wali Khan.
“Begum Naseem Wali Khan was another name for the politics of resistance,” he maintained.
The ANP president added that Begum Naseem’s role in women's participation in politics is a shining chapter in history.
“The difficult circumstances in which she ran the party are unprecedented,” he said, adding that, “The void created by her death in the country’s politics will hardly be filled.”
Condolences started to pour in following the death of the party stalwart.
Among them was Afghan President Ashraf Ghani who expressed grief over the death of the former ANP provincial president.
In addition, President Arif Alvi expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Begum Naseem Wali Khan.
“Heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of the deceased,” Alvi said, adding “The political services of the late will be remembered.”
Praying for the departed soul, the president said, “May Allah forgive her and grant patience to her family.”
"Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa expresses condolences on the sad demise of veteran politician," wrote DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar on his official Twitter page.
“May Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in eternal peace and give solace to the bereaved family, Ameen,” COAS prayed.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, #COAS, expresses condolences on the sad demise of veteran politician, former parliamentarian and ANP leader, Begum Nasim Wali khan. “May Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in eternal peace and give solace to the bereaved family, Ameen” COAS.— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 16, 2021
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan also expressed sorrow over the death of the late ANP leader. The CM further extended his condolences and sympathy to the family.
“May Allah forgive her and give the bereaved the strength to bear this trauma,” the provincial chief minister said.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif also posted his condolences on his official Twitter handle.
"Saddened by the news of Begum Nasim Wali Khan's death," stated the leader of the opposition.
"Her services for empowerment of women will be remembered for a long time," Sharif added.
Saddened by the news of Begum Nasim Wali Khan's death. She took an active part in politics & was the first woman to get elected on a general seat from KP. Her services for empowerment of women will be remembered for a long time. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family!— Shehbaz Sharif (القدس في العيون) (@CMShehbaz) May 16, 2021
Furthermore, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser also expressed grief over Begum Naseem's death and extended his condolences to the bereaved family.
Qaiser prayed for Begum Naseem's soul to attain a high rank in paradise and patience for her family.
Adding to the list, former president Asif Ali Zardari also conveyed his sorrow over the tragic loss.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairperson remembered Begum Naseem as a brave politician and lauded her role in the 1983 Movement for the Restoration of Democracy or the MRD Movement.
Zardari further extended his condolences to the family and paryed for the departed soul.