Pakistan & ex-Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar Dies, says Foreign Office

Sattar served as Pakistani foreign minister under the then president and military dictator Musharraf from 1999 to 2002.


updated:24 June 2019, 5.18 p.m. IST

Former Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar Dies, Pakistan's Foreign Affairs
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Islamabad: Former Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, who at the time accompanied the military dictator Pervez Musharraf as the country's most important diplomat during the historic Agra summit, died at the age of 88.

Sattar, a career diplomat and dual Foreign Minister, died on Sunday, according to the Foreign Ministry.

He served as Pakistani Foreign Minister under the then president and military dictator Musharraf from 1999 to 2002.

He was with Musharraf at the historic Agra summit between the Pakistani leader and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001.

Satrar was also Pakistan's ambassador to India, Austria and the Soviet Union. "We are deeply saddened to announce that former Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar has passed away," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In addition to serving as Foreign Minister for two non-consecutive terms in 1993 as a caretaker and later from 1999 to 2002, Sattar had also served as a Pakistani foreign secretary from 1986 to 1988.

The FO said he was an illustrious diplomat and an accomplished author.

Sattar was also a writer and author of a Pakistan foreign policy book. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed sorrow over the death of Sattar.