Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and a senior leader of the ruling party, has denied reports of his death propagated by the Indian lobby on social media and said that fake news was circulated regarding him. He said that his profile at Wikipedia was manipulated to propagate reports of his death, causing distress among his family and friends.
— Aaj News Urdu (@aaj_urdu) July 9, 2020
“I am fine by the grace of Allah and recovering from COVID-19,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said and urged his well-wishers to avoid paying heed to any such report regarding his health issues.
Keep us in your prayers 🙏🏻
— Zain Hussain Qureshi (@ZainHQ) July 8, 2020
It is pertinent to mention here that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tested positive for the novel coronavirus on July 03.
The foreign minister, in a Twitter post, said that he underwent the test after feeling a slight fever this afternoon. FM Qureshi maintained that he quarantined himself at his home after his test reports for the virus came out positive. “I have now tested positive for COVID-19,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi added.
This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for Covid 19. By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) July 3, 2020
FM Qureshi said that by the grace of Allah, he feels strong and energetic, adding that he will continue to carry on his duties from home. The foreign minister urged the people to pray for his early recovery from the disease.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi praying for his recovery.
According to details, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in which he expressed concern over the news of Shah Mehmood’s illness and expressed prayers and good wishes for his speedy recovery.
— ARY News (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) July 8, 2020
Indian lobbies edited the FM’s profile on Wikipedia and spread false news.
Asif Ali Zardari’s death?
It is worth noting that in the last month, former president Asif Ali Zardari’s counsel also dismissed reports of the death of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman, saying he was “ill and recovering” at home.
Farooq H Naek said, “The reports about Zardari’s death are baseless. He has several illnesses and has back pain but he is at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Viral videos and forwarded messages are being spread detailing how the former president of the country is in critical condition and his party is trying to mask the details to prevent ‘hysteria’ within its ranks.
In December last year, a special bench of the Islamabad High Court had granted bail to the former president on medical grounds in the Park Lane and mega money laundering corruption cases. In his bail plea, Zardari had said he was suffering from a heart condition and diabetes.
Former President Zardari's medical report says he is at risk of acute myocardial infarction which may lead to a sudden cardiac death. The IHC buys this argument, while NAB remains silent apparently, by granting an interim bail on medical grounds to Mr Zardari.
— Zahid Gishkori (@ZahidGishkori) December 11, 2019
The former president was arrested by NAB on June 10, 2019, after the cancellation of his pre-arrest bail. In October 2019, Zardari was transferred from judicial custody at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad after his health deteriorated.