A health worker carries a patient suffering from coronavirus at Guru Teg Bahadur hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. Reuters
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed solidarity with the people of India battling a "dangerous wave” of COVID-19 pandemic with 2.5 million active cases in the country.
"I want to express our solidarity with the people of India as they battle a dangerous wave of COVID-19," tweeted Imran.
"Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighbourhood & the world,” the prime minister said on Twitter.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed Pakistan’s support and sympathy to the Indian people.
"We express our support to the people of India in the wake of the current wave of COVID19 infections, that has hit our region hard. On behalf of the people of Pakistan, I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the affected families in India,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Twitter.
Health workers carry bodies of people who were suffering from coronavirus in New Delhi. Reuters
He said COVID-19 pandemic was yet another reminder that humanitarian issues required responses beyond political consideration. Qureshi said that Pakistan continued to work with SAARC countries to foster cooperation to tackle the pandemic.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as a gesture of solidarity with the people of India, Pakistan has offered to provide relief support including ventilators, oxygen supply kits, digital X-ray machines, PPEs and related items.
Social media has been flooded with vexing stories of Indians, suffering to the shortage of oxygen and medical facilitations.
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