Karachi (Web Desk): Sindh Minister for Human Settlement Ghulam Murtaza Baloch passed away due to coronavirus on Tuesday.
Sindh government spokesperson Senator Murtaza Wahab confirmed the death of the provincial minister on Twitter.
Haji Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, our colleague in #Sindh Cabinet has passed away today. He was suffering from #COVIDー19. He was a genuine political worker & a very polite and humble human being. May Allah SWT bless his soul.— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) June 2, 2020
Baloch had contracted the virus during relief activities in his hometown on May 14. He was shifted to the intensive care at a private hospital in Karachi after his condition deteriorated on May 23.
Ghulam Murtaza Baloch was elected to the Sindh Assembly from PS-88 Malir-II in July 2018 elections.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah have expressed grief on the death of the party’s Malir district president.
وزیراعلیٰ سندھ سید مراد علی شاہ کا صوبائی وزیر مرتضیٰ بلوچ کے انتقال پر گہرے دکھ کا اظہار
مرتضیٰ بلوچ کا انتقال کورونا کے باعث ہوا، وزیراعلیٰ سندھ
مرتضیٰ بلوچ ایک محنتی اور بہادر پارٹی رہنما تھے، وزیراعلیٰ سندھ
مرتضیٰ بلوچ کی کمی پورا کرنا بہت مشکل ہے، وزیراعلیٰ سندھ— CMHouseSindh (@SindhCMHouse) June 2, 2020
PPP Sindh president Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that Baloch's contributions to the party will always be remembered. He offered prayers for the deceased.
Sindh education minister Saeed Ghani said that Baloch will always be remembered for the hard work and contributions he made to the party.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Munir Khan Orakzai died of cardiac arrest just weeks after recovering from COVID-19.
Munir, 61, hailed from Kurram district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was elected to NA-45 in the 2018 elections.
On May 20, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of Punjab Assembly Shaheen Raza lost her life to deadly coronavirus.
Several high-ranking government functionaries including federal minister Shehryar Afridi, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and provincial minister Saeed Ghani were also tested positive for the virus.