Rehman Malik, the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a former interior minister, died on Wednesday as a result of Covid-19. He was 70 years old.
Malik had been hospitalized in Islamabad and on ventilator support since early February due to Covid-related complications, according to his spokesperson Riaz Ahmad Turi.
PPP Senator Sehar Kamran announces his death on Twitter, writing, “Dr. Rehman Malik left us today.”
His widow and two sons survive him. Malik served as the PPP government’s interior minister from 2008 to 2013.
He was a close confidant of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and he was instrumental in the investigation into her assassination.
His role as Bhutto’s security chief at the time of her assassination in December 2017 was also called into question, and he was chastised for failing to remain on the scene after the blast to ensure her safety.