Islamabad: Pakistan has offered ventilators and other medical equipment as a “gesture of solidarity” to India, facing a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of COVID-19, Pakistan has offered to provide relief support to India including ventilators, Bi-PAP, digital X-ray machines, PPEs and related items,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement.
It said that concerned authorities of Pakistan and India could work out the modalities for quick delivery of relief items. “They can also explore possible ways of further cooperation to mitigate the challenges posed by the pandemic,” said the statement.
So far, the Indian government has not responded to these offers.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had tweeted sympathy for the victims of the pandemic in India. “Our prayers for a speedy recovery go to all those suffering from the pandemic in our neighborhood & the world,” he posted.
Relations between India and Pakistan have been volatile in the last several years. There has been a relative thaw following the agreement to strictly implement the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control in February this year.