Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday paid tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela and wished his early recovery.



The 94-year-old icon was hospitalized Saturday for a recurring lung infection. He remained

in the hospital for a fifth day.




In his message of good wishes on behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan for Mr. Nelson Mandela, Former President of the Republic of South Africa, prayed for his early recovery from his illness.


The Prime Minister said that Pakistan greatly values the friendly relations with South Africaand highly admires the role played by Mr. Mandela in strengthening the relations between the two countries.


“The well being of the great leader and statesman like Mr. Mandela is not only a blessing for South African people but is also a source of inspiration for all the oppressed people of the world, added the Prime Minister”.


The Premier further said that the valiant struggle of Mr. Mandela during apartheid era and rise of South African nation as a modern democratic state has been an unprecedented achievement, which will be remembered throughout the history.


South African President Jacob Zuma called Mandela’s situation “very serious” but said he has stabilized.


Mandela, the leader of the country’s anti-apartheid movement, spent 27 years in prison during white racist rule.



He was freed in 1990, and then embarked on peacemaking efforts during the tense transition that saw the demise of the apartheid system and his own election as South Africa’s first black president in 1994.