Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar expressed sorrow on passing away of Professor Vito Salierno, President of Iqbal Foundation, Europe.
In a condolence message, the Foreign Minister said, “It was with great sadness and a sense of loss that I learnt the news of Professor Vito Salierno’s passing away.”
“I would like to express my profoundest condolences to his family, friends and to all those who had the opportunity to be close to him and benefit from his vast learning,” she added.
She said, “Professor Salierno was the President of Iqbal Foundation, Europe, and a leading scholar of Allama Iqbal and other Pakistani writers. I had the privilege to meet him in person when, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, I presented to him one of Pakistan’s most prestigious civil awards, Sitara e Quaid e Azam. I was deeply impressed by his personality and learning.”
She said, “We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace. The people of Pakistan share the bereavement felt by his family and friends in this sad moment.”
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013