Arif Khan's mortal remains laid to rest



New Delhi: Mortal remains of Arif Mohd Khan, India's Ambassador to Italy who died three days back, were laid to rest here on Friday.

Vice President Hamid Ansari was among those who attended the last rites performed at a cemetery at Lodhi Road.

Ansari, a former diplomat, participated in the 'namaz-e- janaza' (last prayers) and joined scores of IFS officers at the funeral of the former colleague.

Khan passed away in Rome on Tuesday at the age of 58.

The 1974-batch IFS officer was suffering from cancer for some time.

Prior to his posting in Italy in February 2008, the Secretary-rank officer had served in various key positions, including as the first head of Public Diplomacy Division of MEA that was created four years back to explain diplomatic activities to the domestic audience.

He had also served as spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs in the post of Joint Secretary (External Publicity) besides his postings in the Indian Missions in Paris and New York.

PTI