President sends condolences to Pakistan
[February 16, 2005 - 9.45 GMT] 

President Chandrika Kumaratunga sent a condolence message to her Pakistani counterpart General Pervez Musharraf on Monday. Several people lost their lives and property last week in flash floods in Baluchistan and NWFP when a dam collapsed. Kumaratunga said, “As my own country goes through the process of rebuilding after the destruction wrought by the tsunami tidal waves in December last year, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan”.

The floods, landslides and avalanches hit South Western Baluchistan and the North West Frontier provinces of Pakistan last week killing around 80 people and causing extensive damage to property.

 

Full text of the message:

14 February 2005

 

His Excellency General Pervez Musharraf
President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Excellency,

Having just returned from Pakistan, I was deeply saddened by the news of the death and destruction caused by the collapsing of several dams, the landslides, flooding and avalanches in South Western Baluchistan and the North West Frontier provinces.

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life. I am saddened by the destruction of land and property. My profound sympathies go out to the victims of this tragedy.

As my own country goes through the process of rebuilding after the destruction wrought by the tsunami tidal waves in December last year, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan. We stand by the people of Pakistan in solidarity and hope that our shared sense of sorrow may provide some solace and comfort.

We pray for the speedy recovery of your people and country from this natural calamity.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 

 

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Last Updated Date: February 16, 2005 - 9.45 GMT

 


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