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Afghan President Meets Pakistani Counterpart

24 October 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai met today with his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad.

During the meeting, Karzai said he traveled to the quake-hit country to express the Afghan people's sorrow and grief over the heavy loss of life and damage to infrastructure.

"My brother, do count on us. In whatever way we can, the Afghan nation will be there to give you assistance and help [following the earthquake in Pakistan]."

Musharraf said Pakistan was grateful to Afghanistan's people and government for extending relief assistance.

Karzai arrived in Pakistan earlier today for a one-day visit, bringing five tons of medicines and medical equipment as well as 30 doctors and nurses who will travel to the quake zone.

Pakistan's top relief official, Major General Farooq Ahmed Khan, said yesterday that the official quake toll was more than 53,000 dead and 75,000 injured.

(Associated Press of Pakistan)

Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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