Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, captain of Pakistan cricket team Babar Azam along with other cricketers and politicians have extended their prayers after a powerful earthquake of 5.9-magnitude hit several cities of Balochistan early Thursday morning.
Taking to Twitter, PM Khan directed all federal departments to fully assist the Balochistan government in provision of relief to the earthquake victims.
Prime Minister said the federal government will extend all possible assistance to Balochistan government in this difficult hour.
CM Buzdar said that he is saddened by the loss of life and property caused by the earthquake in Balochistan.
“In this hour of sorrow, we stand with our brothers and are ready to assist the Balochistan government in every possible way in rescue activities,” he said in a tweet.
“Terrible to wake up to this sad news. Prayers with the lovely and brave people of Balochistan. I hope and pray that the situation remains under control with immediate rescue efforts. Stay safe and strong, Balochistan,” said Babar while extending his prayers on Twitter.
Other cricketers also extended their prayers and wishes on Twitter.
President Dr Arif Alvi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in Harnai, Balochistan.
In a tweet, he condoled with the bereaved families and prayed for the departed souls.
A strong earthquake in different parts of Balochistan killed at least 20 people and injured more than 300 others.
According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), most of the deceased are children.
The quake affected Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Chaman, Ziarat and Zhob in Balochistan. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan shared a helpline number on Twitter for complaints and assistance.
He also shared the pictures of the rescue mission by the government departments and Pakistan Army.