Four-member Pakistan delegation attends last rites of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

According to the party’s statement Imran said

A coffin decorated with flowers and wrapped in an Indian flag carries the body of late former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his funeral procession in New Delhi on August 17, 2018. "He will be remembered for his huge contribution in bolstering U.S. -India relations". Other political leaders at the funeral were Congress president Rahul Gandhi, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and Congress leader Raj Babbar.

He further said, "We tried to prevent it but we can not succeed". "Those who remember his state visit to the United Kingdom in 2001 will know how well respected he was here", said a Twitter post by Mark Fields, British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Pakistan's prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan remembered Vajpayee as a "tall personality of the subcontinent", news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Vajpayee served three times as India's prime minister; for 13 days in 1996, for 13 months from 1998 to 1999, and then from 1999 to 2004.

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The Indian-origin Singaporean minister expressed deepest condolences to the Government and people of India on Vajpayee's death.

"India grieves the demise of our beloved Atal Ji".

Vajpayee suffered a stroke in 2009 and retreated from public view.

The Yogi government put out a list of 75 districts and the small and big rivers picked for the immersion of the ashes of the BJP stalwart.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced this was being done so that the people of Vajpayee's karmabhoomi also get an opportunity to be a part of the great leader's final journey. "His passing away marks the end of an era", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet. "The upswing in India-Japan relations was only possible by the initiatives started by Prime Minister Vajpayee", Hiramatsu said.

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