LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday telephoned his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala and extended his condolences on the deadly earthquake.
“The people and the government of Pakistan extend their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the people and the government of Nepal,” the premier was quoted as saying in an official handout.
Relief goods, including medicines, tents and blankets, as well as doctors and nurses, were being sent to Kathmandu on Prime Minister Nawaz’s directives, it added. He was constantly in touch with authorities in Pakistan regarding the situation in Nepal and was informed that four aircraft were ready with relief goods and would leave as soon as Kathmandu airport was available for landing, the handout added.
The prime minister directed the Foreign Office to keep him updated on the evolving situation in Nepal and relief needs of the people.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2015.