Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir had Indian as well as State flags at half-mast on official buildings as it observed ‘state mourning’ Saturday for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia who passed away yesterday.
“As mark of respect to His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one day’s state mourning (was) observed on Saturday,” reads government order.
Instructions were issued to all the concerned, that the National and State flags shall fly at half-mast during the ‘State Mourning’ on all buildings and places where there are flown.
“(Instructions were issued that) there shall be no official entertainment on the day.”
The BJP-led NDA government last night declared “national mourning” on Saturday as a mark of respect for the King.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and former Health Minister and Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad also travelled to Saudi Arabia to express condolences.
India had also declared national mourning in 2005 when his predecessor Saudi King Fahd died. India declared national mourning in June 1989 when Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini passed away and a three-day state mourning in April 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. More recently, the government declared five-day state mourning for former South African President Nelson Mandela in December 2013.