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Dharamshala: - A prayer service held at the main Tibetan temple to mark the demise of Bapa Phuntsok Wangyal, the founder of Tibetan Communist Party and a strong advocate of the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the Tibet issue.

The prayer service was organised by the Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration. The special prayer was presided over by His Eminence Kirti Rinpoche, the head lama of Kirti monasteries. Members of the Kashag, Tibetan parliamentarians, Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission and officials of the Central Tibetan Administration attended the prayer service along with local Tibetan public.

Speaking at the prayer gathering, Sikyong or the political leader of Tibetans Dr. Lobsang Sangay said: "The Central Tibetan Administration condoles the sad demise of Bapa Phuntsok Wangyal and extends its deep solidarity with his family members."

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay read out a brief biography of Bapa Phuntsok Wangyal, underlining his deep commitment towards Tibetan culture and his strong advocacy for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and the Middle Way Approach to resolve the Tibet issue.

Bapa Phuntsok Wangyal, also known as Phunwang, passed away on 30 March 2014 in Beijing after a prolonged illness. He was 92.

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