By Abdullah Zahid.
ISLAMABAD: PML-N senator Kulsoom Perveen passed away due to coronavirus, the Senate Secretariat said on Monday.
Perveen was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus last month and was receiving treatment at the Ali Clinic in Islamabad. On November 27, Senate deputy chairman Saleem Mandviwalla urged people to pray for her health, as he announced that she had been placed on a ventilator due to her deteriorating condition.
Perveen assumed office as a senator in March 2015 and was due to retire next year.
Pakistan is currently grappling with a second wave of COVID-19 infections, it recorded has 58,486 cases in the past 20 days at a daily average of 2,924.3 infections.
The virus has claimed 1,301 lives in the last 20 days, raising the death toll to 9,392 with a mortality rate of 2.04%.
President Dr Arif Alvi offered his heartfelt condolences to Senator Kalsoom’s family and prayed for the departed soul.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also extended his condolences to the family and expressed deep sorrow over the Senator’s demise.
Senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani expressed grief over the Senator’s passing, saying that her death “has deprived the upper house of a an active, wise and honest member, one who was concerned for the country’s development”.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcast Shibli Faraz remembered Kulsoom Perveen as an active member of the Parliament.