Earthquake: PM calls up J&K CM, offers help to Pak, Afghan

"I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan," the PM said.

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:34 pm IST

Published - October 26, 2015 08:36 pm IST - New Delhi

In the wake of a major earthquake, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to take stock of the situation and offered assistance to Pakistan and Afghanistan, both of which were hit badly by the temblor.

He also called up President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan, where the earthquake of 7.5 magnitude was epicentred, and assured all possible support.

“Returned from Bihar. Spoke to J&K CM Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed & took stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate earthquake,” Modi tweeted this evening on return from the poll-bound State where he addressed two rallies.

“I just spoke to President @ashrafghani and expressed my sympathies & condolences at the damage caused by the earthquake,” the Prime Minister said.

“President @AshrafGhani shared with me his initial assessment of the damage. I offered all possible assistance,” he added in a tweet.

“When President @ashrafghani was telling me about the school, my mind went back to a similar tragedy in Anjar, Kutch in 2001. Felt very sad,” he added.

Earlier, soon after the earthquake struck, he said he had asked for urgent assessment of the damage caused by the tremors which hit many parts of India.

“Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety,” he said in a tweet.

“I have asked for an urgent assessment and we stand ready for assistance where required, including Afghanistan & Pakistan,” the Prime Minister added.

A powerful 7.5 magnitude quake, epicentred in Jarm, about 250 kms from the capital Kabul in Afghanistan’s northeast, also shook Pakistan and India. The quake lasted about one minute.

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