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Seasoned Baloch leader Senator Hasil Bizenjo passes away

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Veteran politician and Baloch nationalist leader Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo has died in Karachi. He was 62.

National Party Central Secretary General Jan Muhammad Buledi said that Bizenjo passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Karachi.

The senator, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, was admitted to the hospital after his health worsened.

Politicians, journalists and intellectuals have expressed grief and sorrow over the senator’s demise.

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.”

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.

A tweet by the DG ISPR said that army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed grief over his demise and extended condolences to the senator’s family and friends.

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