Medical staff and relatives help a coronavirus patient to get in a car at a hospital in New Delhi on Sunday. AFP
Pakistan offered to send essential medical supplies to its neighbour that's in the grip of a devastating coronavirus surge that has depleted oxygen stocks and other hospital needs.
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.
It said authorities of both countries can work out modalities for a quick delivery of the items and can also explore possible ways of further co-operation to mitigate the challenges posed by the pandemic.
The offer came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet prayed for the "speedy recovery of the Indian people affected by the virus.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan, believing in a policy of humanity first, made the offer to India and is awaiting a response.
Despite all the differences with India, Pakistanis are praying for them as the country faces a deadly wave of coronavirus which has collapsed their health system.
Considering the worst situation in India, many Pakistanis have come out with their prayers for their neighbours.
On Friday, Edhi Foundation, in a magnanimous gesture offered a fleet of 50 ambulances and its staff to help manage the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic in India.
Apart from Edhi, many Pakistanis, including federal ministers, have expressed their sentiments on social media. The tweets came from a wide spectrum of people, with a trend #PakistanstandswithIndia also being on top in Pakistan.
"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.
Social media has been flooded with vexing stories of Indians, suffering to the shortage of oxygen and medical facilitations.
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