KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Human Settlement Ghulam Murtaza Baloch passed away days after contracting the COVID-19.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has confirmed the news and said Murtaza Baloch was on the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Karachi since May 23.
In a statement, he said: “Baloch died due to the COVID-19. He was a brave and diligent member of the PPP. It will be a difficult task to replace him.”
Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab also offered his condolences. In a tweet, he said: “Haji Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, our colleague in #Sindh cabinet has passed away today. He was suffering from #Covid-19. He was a genuine political worker & a very polite and humble human being.”
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
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 PPP. “Baloch was under treatment at a hospital after contracting the coronavirus,” he added.
Baloch had tested positive for the virus on May 14. He had announced his diagnosis on Twitter and asked for prayers for a speedy recovery.
ملیر مین کرونا کے خلاف لڑائی لڑتے ہوئے کرونا ٹیسٹ پازیوٹو آگیا تمام دوستون سے جلد صحتیابی کے لئےدعا کی درخواست ہے @BBhuttoZardari @MuradAliShahPPP @SyedNasirHShah @SaeedGhani1 pic.twitter.com/UBH80q1Q9X
— Minister H G Murtaza Baloch (@HMurtazaBaloch) May 14, 2020