NEW DEHLI: India has offered five million dollars in assistance to Pakistan.
“India has offered the assistance for provision of relief material from India for the affectees of the massive floods,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and “conveyed deepest sympathies and condolence to the people of Pakistan,” the statement said. The Indian offer of assistance comes during a period of strained relations between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan’s government says 14 million people face direct or indirect harm from the floods, while the United Nations has warned that children are among the most vulnerable.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2010.