Pakistan, India express sympathy
Pakistani president offered his assistance while the Indian prime minister expressed his sympathy yesterday to the flood-hit people of Bangladesh.
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf made a phone call yesterday to the Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inquiring the flood situation in Bangladesh. President Musharraf offered assistance for the flood-hit people in the country.
The prime minister informed President Musharraf about the damages and sufferings of the people due to the devastating flood and also informed about the measures taken by her government. She also mentioned about the emergency relief materials being provided to the victims.
She said the need-assessment of the post-flood rehabilitation was being carried out and the government would take necessary steps and seek foreign assistance based on the requirements.
The prime minister thanked President Musharraf for making the phone call and expressing solidarity with the people of Bangladesh at this juncture.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent a letter to the Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia on Wednesday conveying his deepest sympathy to the government and the people of Bangladesh at the grave loss of life suffered and the extensive damage inflicted by the floods.
In his letter Manmohan said, "We know the people of Bangladesh will face this disaster with courage and fortitude."
"As neighbours and friends, the people of India stand ready to assist the people of Bangladesh in this hour of need," the letter read.