PM Shahbaz assures Pakistan’s ‘continuous assistance’ to Afghan counterpart in wake of deadly earthquake

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday called his Afghan counterpart Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and assured Pakistan’s continued assistance after one. deadly earthquake At least 1,000 people died and hundreds were injured in Afghanistan.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous border region of Afghanistan early Wednesday. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center, about 119 million people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India felt the tremors.

The death toll continued to rise as casualties were reported from inaccessible areas in the mountains, and the country’s supreme leader, Hebtollah Akhundzada, warned that it could rise further.

The Government of Pakistan had also expressed condolences and sympathy over the loss of life and loss of property in the neighboring country.

In a phone call with Akhund today, Prime Minister Shahbaz conveyed Pakistan’s solidarity with the Afghan people in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

“The Prime Minister said that the Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossing points have been opened to take seriously injured Afghans for treatment to Pakistani hospitals,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The Prime Minister assured Pakistan’s continued assistance to Afghanistan in the days to come.

Shahbaz shared details of relief efforts launched by Pakistan, including provision of emergency medicines, tents and other items.

The Prime Minister also prayed for the dead and wished a speedy recovery to the injured, the statement said.

“He reaffirmed that Pakistan stands shoulder to shoulder with its Afghan brothers in this difficult time,” the PMO statement said.

“The Prime Minister underscored the close brotherhood between the two peoples and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to provide assistance to the Afghan people facing a grave humanitarian situation.”

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari also expressed condolences at the loss of the Afghans. He said Pakistanis remain in “strong solidarity” with the people of Afghanistan.

“We are providing emergency relief assistance in this hour of need,” he said.