Pak to honour Holbrooke with `Hilal-e-Pakistan`
Last Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 15:34
Islamabad: Pakistan will posthumously confer one of its highest civilian honours on late US Special Envoy for Af-Pak region Richard Holbrooke for his "untiring efforts" to strengthen this country's ties with America.

President Asif Ali Zardari said that the 'Hilal-e-Pakistan' will be awarded to Holbrooke, who died on Tuesday of complications from surgery, for his meritorious services in enhancing the bilateral ties.

He made the announcement during a visit to the US embassy yesterday to offer his condolences at the death of Holbrooke.

Recording his message in the embassy's condolence book, Zardari wrote: "Pakistanis, like many other around the world, mourn the death of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, a great intellect and force for good, a personal friend of Pakistan, my wife Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and myself."

He wrote that Holbrooke's "untiring efforts to enhance US-Pakistan relations and his assistance during the Swat crisis and the devastating floods that have affected Pakistan will never be forgotten".


First Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 15:34

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