ISLAMABAD   -  Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif held a telephonic conversation with Acting Prime Minister of the Interim Afghan Government, Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund on Thursday.

 The prime minister 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 on 22 June 2022.

The prime minister offered prayers for the departed souls and wished speedy recovery for the injured.

 He also affirmed that Pakistan stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its Afghan brethren in this difficult hour.

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

Furthermore, the prime minister conveyed that Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossing points have been opened for the transportation of the seriously injured Afghans for their treatment in the Pakistani hospitals. He reassured Pakistan’s continued assistance in the coming days as well.

Shehbaz Sharif underscored that the close fraternal relations between the peoples of both the countries and reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to provide assistance to the Afghan people facing a dire humanitarian situation. He also highlighted the measures taken by the government of Pakistan to facilitate trade and movement of people through effective border management. He added that Pakistan was committed to strengthening bilateral ties to promote the cause of peace, progress and prosperity.

Meanwhile, on directions of  Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan dispatched relief goods for earthquake affectees of Afghanistan. The consignment arranged by the National Disaster Management Authority consists of family tents, tarpaulins, blankets and emergency medicines. Pakistan has assured all possible support to ameliorate the sufferings of the Afghan families affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake which hit parts of Afghanistan on Wednesday 22 Jun 2022.