World leaders saddened by tragic plane crash in Karachi

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying an estimated 99 people crashed in Karachi’s Model Colony near Jinnah International Airport on Friday.
So far, 66 people have been confirmed dead, while two passengers have survived, according to Sindh health department officials.
Meanwhile as reports of the crash spread, local politicians and world leaders reacted to the news with extreme sadness.
Expressing his condolences over the tragic incident, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to the Twitter wrote, “The news from Pakistan this morning is devastating,” adding that Canadians were keeping Pakistanis in their thoughts.

A similar message of solidarity was tweeted by the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, which said that it stood with the country in its time of sadness.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Twitter message that he was “deeply saddened” by the loss of lives in the crash. The premier offered condolences to the families of those who died and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that his “heart went out” to the families of those who died in the crash. He added that Afghans would stand by Pakistanis in their time of sadness.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also offered condolences over the crash.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the families of those who were on the plane. He added that the Commission was trying to determine whether any Australians were also among the passengers.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked world leaders for their condolences, saying that the people of the country valued the “support and solidarity” in their hour of grief.

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