Feb 23, 2020, 11:41 PM
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Pakistan sympathizes with Iran over victims of earthquake

Islamabad, Feb 23, IRNA -- Pakistan has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of several lives, numerous injuries and damage to property as a result of the earthquake that hit parts of Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson in a statement said that the government and the people of Pakistan are deeply saddened over the earthquake that hit parts of Iran and eastern Turkey.

“We offer our profound condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and pray for the early recovery of those injured in this natural calamity,” it said.

 It added: "We stand by the brotherly people of Iran and Turkey in this hour of grief and are ready to provide all possible support and assistance."

An earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale hit West Azarbaijan province of Iran near the city of Khoy. People of Tabriz and Orumiyeh also felt the quake.

Governor of West Azarbaijan Province Mohammad Mahdi Shahriari said that some of the village houses were destroyed partly and some others completely.

He added that rescue and relief operations are underway in the disaster-hit area.

Secretary of the Crisis Management Committee of Khoy, Ismail Salem Khoie said that 30 people were injured by the quake.

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