Saudi King Abdullah Laid to Rest
Riyadh, January 23 (Online): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was among dozens world leaders and thousands degtities who were gathered in Riyadh on Friday to say farewell to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend late Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz's funeral.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and advisor Tariq Fatmi were also accompanied the PM.
Ahead of the funeral prayer, which was offered on Friday afternoon at Riyadh's Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Grand Mosque — condolences and remembrances poured in from all corners of the globe.
Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories, among others, declared days of mourning. The U.N. Secretary General praised Abdullah for his Arab Peace Initiative to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. And U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said he would lead a delegation "in the coming days" to pay respects.
Abdullah died early Friday Riyadh time, several weeks after the state-run Saudi Press Agency said he was suffering from pneumonia and had been admitted to the hospital.
The royal court didn't release an exact cause of death. He was 90.
To ensure a smooth transition, the kingdom quickly appointed his 79-year-old brother, Salman bin Abdulaziz, to the throne. His brother Prince Muqrin, a decade younger, is the new crown prince.