Earthquake: Sharif calls Modi

Discuss SAARC cooperation on natural disasters

New Delhi: As the death toll from the devastating earthquake in Nepal continues to rise, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to discuss how SAARC nations can work together in times of natural disasters.

“SAARC nations can hold annual exercises of rescue teams, doctors etc on how we can minimize damage during natural disasters,” the Indian premier said in a series of tweets.

In his six tweets Indian Prime Minister said that, “SAARC nations can come together and hold annual exercises of rescue teams, doctors etc on how we can minimise damage during natural disasters. I suggested to PM Sharif that SAARC nations should conduct regular joint exercises on disaster relief and rescue. PM Sharif appreciated this idea and told me that we should take up such an initiative”. 

Modi also  posted that he got a call from PM Nawaz Sharif. “He expressed condolences on the loss of lives in various parts of India due to the Earthquake,” Modi tweeted.“PM Nawaz Sharif appreciated India’s efforts in the rescue operations in Nepal. I thank him for his kind words. PM Sharif & I also discussed the unseasonal rains and its adverse impact on the crops.”

Pertinently, the death toll in Nepal has gone up to 6000. Pakistan, India and China have helped the disaster-hit country by sending medical teams comprising doctors and paramedics along with relief goods.

With torrential rains wreaking havoc in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and in some parts of India, the heads of the two neighbouring states also discussed the unseasonal downpour.

Sharif’s call to Modi comes just a day after his interview with the Saudi Gazette where he expressed that there was no sign from India to make amends and resume dialogue.

Sharif said Pakistan was ready for “constructive dialogue for negotiated settlement of all issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir”. 

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