Bilawal Bhutto condoles demise of former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee


"Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated over the last 36 hours and he was put on life support systems".

"As Foreign Minister, Mr Vajpayee strived to open up ways towards normalisation of relations among neighbouring states and had successfully taken this agenda to the new heights after assuming Office of the Prime Minister", he added.

Pakistan on Thursday condoled over the demise of former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who breathed his last on the day in New Delhi.

Vajpayee's body will be taken to his New Delhi home and then to the BJP's office on Friday for people to pay their last respects.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the hospital on Wednesday at around 7.15 pm and spent about 50 minutes there.

Later in the night, several leaders and ministers including Suresh Prabhu, Jitendra Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Shahnawaz Hussain visited the hospital.

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Vajpayee boosted trade with the United States, and he helped organize a 2000 visit to Delhi by President Bill Clinton, the first American president to visit India since Jimmy Carter did so in 1978.

The 93-year-old leader has been receiving treatment at the AIIMS since June 11 for multiple ailments. It was widely reported that he had suffered a stroke in 2009, which had largely confined him to his New Delhi residence. He subsequently developed dementia, and has had trouble with cognition and memory. "We will move forward in Jammu and Kashmir by embracing people and not by bullet and abuse (goli and gaali)".

AIIMS press release confirming the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "Our government is committed to the development of all the areas and all sections of Jammu and Kashmir", PM Modi had said.

The thaw in the relations between the subcontinental rivals was short lived; less than three months after Vajpayee went to Lahore, then Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's army chief Pervez Musharraf plotted the Kargil misadventure that saw India and Pakistan go to full-scale war. He was the first non-Congress, non-Gandhi Prime Minister to complete a five-year term. The government conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, on him in 2015.

The government announced the national flag will be flown at half staff in mourning for seven days at government offices and Indian embassies overseas.