LAHORE: Former Police Inspector (PGI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani has passed away from COVID-19.
Nasir Durrani suffered from respiratory problems after contracting COVID-19.
For the past month he had been under the ventilator at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, where he had breathed his last.
Nasir Khan Durrani was a retired Pakistani police officer of the 10th CTP who served in the BPS-22 grade. Durrani was considered an honest police officer in the country. In September 2013 he was appointed Provincial Police Bureau (Inspector General of Police) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, becoming the main policeman in the province, where he served until March 2017.
As police inspector general, Durrani oversaw all patrol units and specialties and administered the department’s policy affecting the various communities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Durrani’s tenure as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief earned him fame and a good reputation, as his policies were admired by the public.
Condolences pour in
Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences on the death of former police inspector general Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani.
On his Twitter handle, the prime minister praised the former police chief’s services for introducing police reforms in the KP.
Saddened to learn of the passing of former IG Police Nasir Durrani. My condolences and prayers go to his family. He was instrumental in reforming KP police when he was the IG. Pakistan has lost an outstanding police officer.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 19, 2021
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also expressed grief, referring to Durrani as “a stellar officer who has served our country and our people with integrity”.
Saddened to learn of the death of ex-IG KPK Nasir Khan Durrani, a stellar officer who served our country & people with integrity. Prayers and strength to his family to bear this great loss.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 19, 2021
The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, said that “his outstanding performance in transforming the KP police during the KP’s first PTI government … will be remembered by all”.
Saddened by the demise of nasir durrani. His outstanding performance in turning KP police around during the first PTI govt of KP led by pervaiz khattak, will be remembered by all. May Allah grant him a place in jannat and give strength to his family to bear the loss
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) April 19, 2021
Senator Faisal Javed Khan mourned the loss and prayed that “Allah will give his soul eternal rest and the family the strength to endure great pain.”
Condolences on the passing of Nasir Durani Sb – EX IG KP. May ALLAH give his soul eternal rest & the family the strength to bear the great pain.
Durani Sb worked v closely with ImranKhan during PTI's 1st tenure in KP. He was the key person behind implementing police reforms in KP pic.twitter.com/eMsfrLyRKj
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) April 19, 2021
Punjab Prime Minister Usman Buzdar also expressed his grief over Durrani’s death and paid tribute to him for his services to the police force.
KP police Chief Dr. Sanaullah Abbassi also expressed grief over Durrani’s death, saying he was “an extremely capable, intelligent, hard-working and courageous man”.
“The reforms introduced under his leadership in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police are unparalleled. His services to the police force will be remembered for decades,” added Abbassi.
Durrani’s death comes as the country continues to battle a raging third wave of coronavirus infections.
Pakistan has so far reported 761,437 confirmed cases of the virus. It has claimed 16,316 across the country.
Nearly 662,000 patients have recovered from the infection, while the number of active cases stands at 82,276.
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