The Pakistani nation was left in shock on Saturday, as Umer Sharif, an entertainer who spread smiles across the country for decades, breathed his last.
The 66-year-old passed away while hospitalised in Germany’s Nuremberg.
Sharif was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after his health deteriorated during his flight to the US. The comedian was diagnosed with multiple ailments including coronary conditions.
Major politicians, cricketers, social activists, and people from across the country mourned the death of a man who had entertained them all for decades.
President Arif Alvi
President Arif Alvi expressed grief over the death of the renowned comedian, saying that he had “a unique sense of humour.”
“Umer Sharif has made his mark in the world of comedy,” he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan, responding to the death of the legend, expressed deep sadness, noting that Sharif held a unique position in the field of comedic arts.
“His services to art will long be remembered,” he said.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, expressing grief at Sharif’s death, said a person who had a god-gifted ability to put smiles on the faces of people had passed away.
Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry also said that the person who always put smiles on the faces of people of all ages has passed away.
“The nation has paid an outstanding tribute to the artist, proving that we are a nation that loves art and artists,” the information minister said.
“Umer Sharif’s name will be written in golden words in Pakistan’s encyclopedia of comedic arts,” he added.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also expressed his grief at the demise of Sharif, recounting his contributions to the nation. He also went on to thank the deceased for re-defining comedy in Pakistan.