India offers flood aid to Pakistan
INDIA: The Indian prime minister called his Pakistani
counterpart Thursday to express solidarity over the country’s
devastating floods and to urge him to accept an offer of aid.
Relations between the two countries, which have fought three wars
since 1947, are tense and contact rare, with a wide-ranging peace
process begun back in 2004 currently suspended.
India offered five million dollars last week in aid after Pakistan
endured its worst floods in 80 years, but Islamabad is yet to decide
whether to accept the gesture.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rang Pakistan’s Yousuf Raza
Gilani “to express his sense of sorrow and to condole the deaths
resulting from the huge floods,” Singh’s office said in a statement.
He also said India “had already made an offer of assistance and was
ready to do more to assist in the relief effort.”
“In such times of natural disasters, all of South Asia should rise to
the occasion and extend every possible help to the people of Pakistan
affected by the tragedy,” Singh said.
The United Nations estimated Thursday that 4.6 million survivours
were still without shelter.
NEW DELHI, Friday, AFP