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More border crossings opened to help Afghan quake victims

KP govt sets up medical camp at Khost airport for earthquake victims

Pakistan has opened more border crossings to help provide medical aid to injured Afghan people hit by a devastating earthquake, an official statement said.

Opening of more border crossings will allow injured Afghans to reach Pakistani hospitals sooner. According to the statement released late Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif spoke with the interim Afghan government’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and informed him about Pakistan’s decision. “The prime minister conveyed that Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossing points have been opened for the transportation of the seriously injured Afghans for their treatment in the Pakistani hospitals,” said in the statement.

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Sharif also reassured his country’s continued assistance in the coming days as well. He also conveyed deep sympathies and condolences on behalf of his government and the Pakistani people on the loss of so many precious lives and material damage caused by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. “Pakistan stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its Afghan brethren in this difficult hour,” Sharif told the acting Afghan premier.

Pakistan was the first country to send emergency assistance to Afghanistan, including the dispatch of emergency medicines, tents, tarpaulins, and blankets on Wednesday after the deadly quake. So far, 1,150 people lost lives, and over 1,600 were wounded in the magnitude 6.1 quake which shook the country’s eastern provinces on Tuesday night. According to Taliban officials, over 2,500 houses have been completely destroyed and hundreds of others partially damaged in the Paktika province. Paktika and Khost are the most affected Afghan provinces where several villages were completely destroyed by the earthquake.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has setup a specialized medical camp at Khost airport to provide urgent assistance to injured victims of earthquake of Afghanistan. Established under the aegis of Rescue 1122, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the camp’s officials have started providing medical assistance to the injured victims of the 6.1 magnitude powerful earthquake, which had wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.

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KP Rescue 1122 officials told APP that 40 patients were provided relief in the medical camp equipped with ambulances, doctors, surgeons, orthopedics specialists, surgical equipment and others medicines at Khost district. The official said the critically injured afghans’ patients would be shifted to Pakistan for treatment on humanitarians ground. He said Rescue 1122 teams were also deployed at Torkham, Angoor Adda and Ghulam Khan’s border areas of Pakistan for provision of quick humanitarian medical assistance and shifting of injured Afghans to nearby hospitals in Khyber, South Waziristan and other tribal districts.

Pakistan has opened more border crossings to help provide medical aid to injured Afghan people hit by a devastating earthquake, an official statement said.

Opening of more border crossings will allow injured Afghans to reach Pakistani hospitals sooner. According to the statement released late Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif spoke with the interim Afghan government’s acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and informed him about Pakistan’s decision. “The prime minister conveyed that Ghulam Khan and Angoor Adda border crossing points have been opened for the transportation of the seriously injured Afghans for their treatment in the Pakistani hospitals,” said in the statement.

Sharif also reassured his country’s continued assistance in the coming days as well. He also conveyed deep sympathies and condolences on behalf of his government and the Pakistani people on the loss of so many precious lives and material damage caused by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. “Pakistan stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its Afghan brethren in this difficult hour,” Sharif told the acting Afghan premier.

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