Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali breathed his last after a brief illness here at the Armed Forces Institute of Institute of Cardiology & National Institute of Heart Diseases (AFIC-NIHD), hospital sources said.

He was 76 and was shifted to the hospital after having an heart attack on Friday.

Born on January 1, 1944, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali served as the 15th Prime Minister of Pakistan from 23 November 2002 – 26 June 2004.

He was the first prime minister from the province of Balochistan and was regarded as a king hearted, gentle person who believed in resolving issues amicably with a policy of reconciliation.

The former prime minister was born in Rojhan Jamali; in Nasirabad division of Balochistan. His father Mir Jaffar Khan Jamali was a close associate of founder of the nation Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Zafarullah after his early schooling from native village, studied at Lawrence Collage, Ghora Gali Murree, from where he did his O and A levels. He graduated from Government College Lahore and did his Masters in History from Punjab University.

Late Mir Zafarullah Jamali began his political career in 1977, as he was elected as member of the Balochistan assembly and was appointed a minister in the provincial government. He also served as chief minister of Balochistan three times.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in his condolence message said he was “saddened to hear of the passing of Mir Zarfarullah Khan Jamali.

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa in his message said; “May Allah bless his soul & give strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Ameen.”

There was an immense outpouring of sorrow and sympathy for the family of later prime minister as the social media witnessed a rush of condolence messages from people from all walks of life and political leaders from across the divide and all those who met him and knew him as a gentleman; full of humour and wit.

Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai in his message expressed deep sorrow and grief and extended  sympathy to the bereaved family.

He prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal abode with peace.