By Tajinder Bains
Islamabad, Apr 24 (MNN) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and several of his Cabinet colleagues on Saturday expressed the country’s solidarity with India over the coronavirus crisis.
“I want to express our solidarity with the people of India as they battle a dangerous wave of COVID-19. Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighbourhood and the world. We must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together,” he tweeted.
His Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi too expressed his support to the India people amid a second wave of the pandemic which, he said, had hit the South Asian region hard.
“I want to express our solidarity with the people of India as they battle a dangerous wave of COVID-19. Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighbourhood and the world. We must fight this global challenge confronting humanity together,” he too tweeted.
In another tweet, Qureshi said that the pandemic was a reminder that “humanitarian issues require responses beyond political consideration”, adding that Pakistan continued to work with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to increase cooperation to tackle Covid-19.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that prayers of Pakistani citizens were with the people of India. “May God be kind and may these difficult times get over soon,” his tweet read.
Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said it was “painful” to see the suffering of Indian people as they grappled with the coronavirus and oxygen shortages.
“It is painful to see suffering of your neighbours, ordinary Indian citizens as they grapple with Covid-19 and oxygen shortages. We are all in this struggle to stem massive surge of deadly third wave. Unfortunate that many in West have sought to only seal their borders rather than help,” she tweeted.
People across Pakistan too expressed support and offered prayers for the Indians.
On Saturday, #PakistanstandswithIndia and #Indianeedoxygen remained the top trends on Twitter for the second day, the Dawn reported.
Over the past few days, Twitter has been flooded with Indians sharing stories of their struggles while trying to find hospital beds and oxygen for near and dear ones.
Pakistan journalist Nasim Zehra said “[we] in Pakistan watch [your] acute suffering with great pain.” “Whatever [our] differences [we] bond in humanity. [Our] prayers [for you] continue. In solidarity,” she added.
Activist Ammar Ali Jan said the Twitter trend represented the “best side of Pakistan”.
“Only peace and cooperation in our region can help us prepare for existing and coming disasters,” he tweeted.