Ex-Hockey player, Former Prime Minister, veteran Pakistani politician, and ex-President Pakistan Hockey Federation, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali has passed away at the age of 76.
Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali had served as the 15th prime minister of Pakistan from 2002 until his resignation in 2004.
After resigning, Jamali pursued his passion for field hockey. In 2004, he became president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation and vowed to solve the problems facing by the Pakistan Hockey Federation and revive Pakistan Hockey. He was a huge sports personality in the country, having been a player, organizer, and Chief Selector of the sport. He had also served as the Chef de mission of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.
Dato Tayyab Ikram, who was a close friend of Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, upon learning the unfortunate news had this to say:
“I am honored to claim that I have enjoyed a deep personal friendship with Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali. We came to know each other through our mutual love for hockey, and I often sought his advice throughout my career. It is indeed an irreparable loss, and I will pray that his soul rests in eternal peace.”
The Asian Hockey Federation extends its deepest sympathies to the family of the bereaved, and hopes they find the strength to get through this difficult time.