Imran Khan pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Kumar in a series of tweets also shared pictures of meeting of Swaraj with other leaders separately, including Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and Acting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Lakshman Kiriella.

He further said, "We tried to prevent it but we can not succeed".

"Today, our two countries and our bilateral relationship continue to benefit from Prime Minister Vajpayee's vision, which helped promote expanded cooperation", Pompeo said.

Thousands joined the funeral procession to bid farewell to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday. "We are here to share your grief and pay our condolences on the behalf of people of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan", Pakistan law minister Ali Zafar told ANI. Khan in a statement said that Vajpayee was a prominent political personality of the sub-continent. "Poet, politician, visionary, he left his mark on India's history".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-decked gun carriage carrying Vajpayee's body to a cremation ground on the banks of the Yamuna river.

A government spokesperson said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered immersion of Vajpayee's ashes in every district as Uttar Pradesh was his "karma bhumi" and every region of the state had a close link with him.

Yuval Rotem, Ambassador, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, in his message said: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of a giant - India's former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee".

"Efforts of Mr Vajpayee for improvement in relations between Pakistan and India will be remembered forever", said the cricketer-turned-politician.

Chief Secretary Pandey told The Indian Express that the government is also finalising the nature of four memorials - in his birthplace, Bateshwar in Agra; in Kanpur, where he pursued higher studies; in Balrampur, from where he was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time and in Lucknow, which he represented five times in Parliament. ALSO READ: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, more than a rare "Ajatshatru" in Indian politics Other attendees of the funeral included Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Ram Vilas Paswan, Shripad Naik and Piyush Goval.

  • Tracy Klein