Former federal minister for finance, Sartaj Aziz, breathed his last on Tuesday at the age of 95, marking the end of a remarkable career that spanned public service, academia, and the civil service.
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal shared the news of Aziz’s passing on social media, prompting an outpouring of condolences and remembrances.
Born in 1929, Sartaj Aziz played a pivotal role in shaping economic strategies that guided Pakistan through crucial periods. He held significant positions in the Planning Commission and the Ministry of Finance, contributing to the country’s economic development.
Aziz’s influence extended beyond national borders as he served as the Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Commodities and Trade Division. Additionally, he held the position of Assistant President at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
In the realm of politics, Aziz was appointed as the finance minister by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the 1970s after securing a seat in the National Assembly. Later, in the 1990s, he once again assumed the role of Finance Minister under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
His long and diverse career earned him respect and recognition, and his contributions to Pakistan’s economic landscape are remembered fondly. The passing of Sartaj Aziz marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service to the nation.