New Delhi, June 29: The country unites in supporting the victims of the Uttarakhand flood tragedy while condolence messages are flowing in from all corners of the world; even from the controversial neighbours of the Indian subcontinent. First it was China, then it is Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan sent a message of condolence to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that all Pakistanis "share the pain and anguish" of those suffering in the Uttarakhand and the Himalayan disaster.
"I send my heartfelt sympathies to the people of India and hope that the Almighty gives them the strength to bear the loss," said Sharif. He also said,""I am grieved and saddened to learn of the loss of numerous precious lives and displacement of hundreds of pilgrims in the floods in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. Living in a region which has unfortunately become increasingly prone to such natural disasters, the people of Pakistan share the pain and anguish of those who are suffering in this calamity."
Praising Manmohan Singh's leadership, he said that he was sure that the country would overcome this testing time with "utmost strength and fortitude". Conveying his deepest regrets on behalf of Pakistan and the people there, he reached out to the families of the dead and those who lost their lives while saving others. At this time of crisis, such a gesture implicates better relation between the countries in the future.