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Message sent by Prime Minister to President Musharraf on earthquake that struck this morning

New Delhi
October 8, 2005

We have been distressed to learn of the extensive loss of life and property that has taken place in Pakistan as a result of the severe earthquake which struck this morning. On behalf of the Government and people of India and my own personal behalf, please accept our sympathies and please convey our sincere condolences to those who have been bereaved as a result of this tragedy.

While parts of India have also suffered from this unexpected natural disaster, we are prepared to extend any assistance with rescue and relief which you may deem appropriate.