Pak in confusion over India's offer for flood aid

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Islamabad, Aug 14: Pakistan is unsure about how to respond to a $5 million aid offered by India to help overcome its flood crisis.

Dawn reported that India"s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna offered the aid to Pakistan in a telephonic conversation with Pakistan External Affairs Minister Mahmood Qureshi.

On Friday, Aug 13 Indian High Commission in Islamabad described India's offer as a 'gesture of solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need'.

The heavy rains and floods in Pakistan killed more than 1,600 people and affected 15 million. Pakistani media reported that the worst ever floods in the history of Pakistan made economic loss around $2.92 billion.

United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Islamabad on Saturday, Aug 14 to assess relief and rescue work. During Gujarat earthquake, which killed 20,000 people, in Jan 2001, India accepted aids from Pakistan. Pakistan sent a planeload of relief supplies to Ahmedabad.

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