ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday offered condolences to the people of Beirut after two massive explosions rocked the Lebanese capital a day earlier, killing at least 100 people and wounding more than 4,000.
Media reports suggest the shockwaves were so powerful that it flattened much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital besides sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.
“We stand in solidarity with our Lebanese brethren in their difficult hour, sharing their sorrow [and] grief,” the prime minister tweeted. He also wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
Deeply pained to hear of the massive explosions in Beirut with precious lives lost & thousand injured.We stand in solidarity with our Lebanese brethren in their difficult hour, sharing their sorrow & grief. May Allah grant speedy recovery to the injured & strength to the bereaved
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 5, 2020
The message comes after Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on “friendly countries” to support a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades and the coronavirus pandemic.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident and said “Pakistan’s prayers and thoughts were with the government and people of Lebanon in that difficult time”.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 5, 2020
Earlier in the day, the Foreign Office shared the contact details of Pakistan’s embassy in Beirut for nationals in need.
We express our sincere condolences to Govt. & people of Lebanon over loss of precious lives in #BeirutBlast & pray for early recovery of injured.
Any pakistanis in need can reach out to🇵🇰 Embassy in Beirut;
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) August 5, 2020
According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, preliminary information showed all Pakistan embassy personnel, their families and Pakistan nationals in Beirut were safe.
“Ministry has setup emergency helpline to assist OPs [overseas Pakistanis] in need of help.” the ministry tweeted, adding that there were around 1,000 Pakistan nationals based in Lebanon.