The late emir of Kuwait is commemorated with a day of national lament in Pakistan.

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On Monday, Pakistan observed a day of national mourning in remembrance of Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late emir of Kuwait, who was placed to rest the previous day.  The late emir of Kuwait is commemorated with a day of national lament in Pakistan.

Sheikh Nawaf, who was 96 years old at the time of his death, was laid to rest at the Sulaibikhat Cemetery the day after a private funeral that a select group of relatives witnessed. Due to his poor health, Sheikh Nawaf’s half-brother, Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, ruled Kuwait daily for most of his reign.   

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The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported, “Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has declared Monday, December 18, a day of mourning in Pakistan as an expression of fraternal solidarity on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan with the royal family, government, and people of Kuwait.”  

On Monday, remembering the “sad demise” of the late Kuwaiti emir, the national flag was flown at half-mast nationwide.  

Kakar is expected to travel to Kuwait to extend his condolences for the late emir’s death, the APP reported, accompanying several foreign dignitaries, including Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.  

Kuwait observes forty days of official mourning and a three-day government office closure until Tuesday.  

Kakar, the caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, had only visited Kuwait a month before this visit, where he signed several cooperation and investment agreements and conferred with the Gulf state’s top leadership.  

A mutual understanding existed between Pakistan and Kuwait to enhance and expand their diplomatic ties, particularly emphasizing energy, defense, personnel, information technology, mineral exploration, and food security.