High-level talks are reportedly underway in India to expand humanitarian aid to Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his condolences to victims of the deadly floods in Pakistan, which have killed more than 1,000 people and devastated much of the country, as New Delhi may soon offer assistance to its neighbour.
Modi took to Twitter on Monday to comment on the natural disaster, saying he was “Saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan.”
“We send our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the injured and all those affected by this natural calamity and hope for a speedy return to normal,” added the PM.
Saddened to see the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan. We send our sincere condolences to the families of the victims, the injured and all those affected by this natural calamity and hope for a quick return to normal.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2022
According to sources cited by the Indian Express, Modi’s government is now considering whether to allow humanitarian aid to Pakistan to help deal with the aftermath of the floods, which killed more than 1,100 people according to the latest. count. Although the outlet said no final decision has been made, it noted that “senior officials” are discussing a possible move.
If approved, it would be the first round of humanitarian aid to Pakistan since Modi took office in 2014, although previous governments have offered assistance during past natural disasters, such as floods in 2010 and an earthquake in 2005.
Although Islamabad has yet to comment on the potential aid from India, Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail recently said that the government “Consider importing vegetables and other edibles from India.” Pakistan previously severed trade ties with India, its longtime rival, over a dispute over India’s Muslim-majority regions of Jammu and Kashmir, making only a handful of exceptions since 2019. .
The floods in Pakistan were caused by an abnormally strong monsoon season, resulting in torrential rains that left large swathes of land under water. Nearly a million homes have been damaged as a result, with Pakistan’s climate minister saying the floods have created a crisis of “unimaginable proportions”.
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