Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Dr Arif Alvi, and other political leaders paid their respects to Farooq Qaiser, also known as Uncle Sargam, who died on Friday.
The president, the prime minister, and the opposition leader all expressed their apologies in separate tweets.
‘Saddened to hear about Farooq Qaiser’s passing,’ the premier wrote in a condolence message. He wasn’t merely a performer; he was also a relentless advocate for social injustices and problems. Khan said, “My condolences and prayers are with his relatives.”
Saddened to learn of Farooq Qaiser's death. He was not just a performer but would constantly raise awareness about social injustices and issues. My condolences and prayers go to his family.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 14, 2021
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President Dr Arif Alvi also expressed sorrow over Farooq Qaiser’s passing, saying that his death marked the end of a significant chapter of Pakistani art.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کا معروف مصنف، اداکار اور فنکار فاروق قیصر (انکل سرگم) کے اِنتقال پر گہرے رنج کا اظہار pic.twitter.com/iRlsGI6VJV
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) May 14, 2021
Farooq had contributed significantly to the field of art, and the state’s conferment of the Pride of Performance and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz national awards was also a source of pride, he said.
Shehbaz Sharif, the leader of the opposition, expressed his condolences on the death of ‘Uncle Sargam’ on his official Twitter account. ‘I was saddened to hear of Farooq Qaiser’s death, a hero and star of our time. He was a part of generations of people who grew up watching him play. He made people smile with his work, and his contributions to television will be known for a long time. The PML-N chief said, “Rest in peace.”
Grieved to learn about the passing away of Farooq Qaiser, a legend and icon of our times. He was part & parcel of generations that grew up watching his performances. He spread smiles through his work & his services for television will be remembered for long. Rest in peace!!!
— Shehbaz Sharif (القدس في العيون) (@CMShehbaz) May 14, 2021
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Bilawal Bhutto, the chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, voiced his sorrow over the death of the renowned artist. May Allah SWT bestow upon him the highest ranks in Jannah, wrote the PPP chief.
چیئرمین پی پی پی بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا انکل سرگم کردار کے خالق معروف فن کار فاروق قیصر کے انتقال پر اظہار افسوس
چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے مرحوم فاروق قیصر کے جنت میں بلندی درجات کے لئے دعا کی@BBhuttoZardari
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) May 14, 2021