KARACHI, Dec 7:
Condoling the death of Prof. Ahmad Shah Bokhari, the President of Pakistan Gen. Mohammad Ayub Khan, said:
“I am deeply grieved at the sad demise of Prof. Ahmad Shah Bokhari in New York. As our representative in the United Nations in various capacities he displayed rare gifts of diplomacy and oratory. He was a brilliant educationist and an outstanding man of letters, who has left his mark on the intellectual life of our country. His passing away at this time is a great national loss”.
Dr. Charles Malik, President of the UN General Assembly, paid tributes to Prof. Bokhari at yesterday’s afternoon session of the World Forum.
Members stood for a minute’s silence in his memory and that of the President of Bulgaria, M. Georgi Damyanov, and a former Soviet delegate, M. Georgi Zarubin, who have also died since the last Assembly meeting.
Speaking for Pakistan, Prince Aly Khan, the Chief delegate, expressed gratitude to the President for his very kind words of sympathy, which he would convey to Dr. Prof. Bokhari’s family and Government.
Prince Aly Khan said Dr. Bokhari had been a close personal friend, to whom he (the Prince) had been devoted.
NEW YORK, Dec 6:
Funeral services for Prof. Ahmad Shah Bokhari, Pakistani Under-Secretary in Charge of the United Nations Department of Public Information, who died yesterday, will be held at Pakistan House today.
A Pakistani UN delegation announcement added that the Secretary-General, Mr. Dag Hammarskjoeld, and Prince Aly Khan, Pakistan’s permanent UN delegate, would speak at the ceremony, which would be followed by the Namaz-i-Janaza (funeral prayers).
The Soyem ceremony of late Prof. Bokhari will be held at 8.30 a.m. today (Sunday), at the residence of his brother, Mr. Z.A. Bokhari, Director-General, Radio Pakistan, at 92 Bhurgari Road, near old Exhibition Ground.