Pakistan to provide treatment to seriously injured Afghan quake victims

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said two new border crossings have been opened for transportation of the Afghans seriously injured in a devastating earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan.

In a telephone call with the Taliban-led government’s Acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund on Thursday, Sharif said that Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossing points have been opened to facilitate the transportation of the earthquake victims.

He reassured Pakistan’s continued assistance in the coming days, the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement.

Sharif conveyed Pakistan’s solidarity with the Afghan people in the wake of the devastating earthquake, said the statement.

Sharif also “conveyed deep sympathies and condolences, on behalf of government and people of Pakistan, on the loss of so many precious lives and material damage caused by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan.”

The Pakistani prime minister shared details regarding the relief efforts mounted by Pakistan to provide emergency assistance to Afghanistan, including the dispatch of emergency medicines, tents, tarpaulins and blankets.

Sharif highlighted the measures taken by his government to facilitate trade and movement of people through effective border management.

He added that Pakistan is committed to strengthening bilateral ties to promote the cause of peace, progress and prosperity.

In the 5.9-magnitude earthquake that jolted parts of Afghanistan including the capital city Kabul early Wednesday, more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead and over 1,500 others injured in Paktika and the neighboring Khost provinces. ■