PM Imran, COAS Gen Bajwa express grief at loss of lives in Turkey quake

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PM Imran, COAS Gen Bajwa express grief at loss of lives in Turkey quake

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of lives after a powerful earthquake killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey.
The prime minister in a tweet said he regretted the loss of “so many precious lives and of hundreds injured in Turkey’s earthquake”.
He added that the country’s thoughts and prayers were with the people and government of Turkey.
“Pakistan stands by them and is ready to lend any assistance in this hour of need,” said PM Imran.
Separately, a press release issued by Inter-Service Public Relations said Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had expressed his condolences over the loss of lives in the quake.
“A Pakistan Army contingent, including special rescue and relief team and field medical facilities, are ready as part of assistance offered by the government,” said the press release.
Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020. Photo: AFP
A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on Saturday.
The Turkish government’s disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD) said in a series of tweets early on Saturday that five people were pulled alive from the rubble in the eastern province of Elazig.
State news agency Anadolu said among those found alive was a pregnant woman who was rescued 12 hours after the quake hit.
At least 30 people were missing following the magnitude 6.8 quake on Friday night, which had its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig.

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