An Indonesian ambassador who was on a Pakistani military helicopter that crashed this month killing two other foreign envoys died Tuesday after battling severe burn injuries, Indonesia’s foreign minister said.
Ambassador Burhan Muhammad, 58, was aboard the military helicopter, along with his wife and a delegation of ambassadors when it crashed on May 8 and set a school building ablaze in the Gilgit area of northern Pakistan.
His wife, the Norwegian and Filipino ambassadors, and the wife of the Malaysian envoy were killed immediately.
Muhammad had severe injuries and had to be evacuated to a Singapore hospital last week.
“Indonesia’s foreign ministry has just lost one of its best diplomats, Ambassador Burhan Muhammad, who passed away at 00:50 on May 19 local time in Singapore,” foreign minister Retno Marsudi said.
Muhammad and his wife are survived by their two sons.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep grief and sorrow over Burhan’s death.
Nawaz Sharif lauded late Ambassador’s role in promoting friendship between Indonesia and Pakistan and prayed for the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear their loss.