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Pakistan sends relief goods for quake victims in Nepal

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RAWALPINDI: Four Pakistan Air Force aircraft carrying rescue and relief assistance, including a 30-bed mobile hospital, for Nepal left for the earthquake-devastated country on Sunday.

According to ISPR, the 30-bed hospital will be run by Pakistan Army doctors including surgical, medical, orthopedic, gynecologist, anesthesiologist, child specialist, radiologist and paramedics.

“Four C-130 aircraft carrying a 30-bed hospital, special search and rescue teams including Army doctors and food items left for Nepal,” Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said in a tweet on Sunday.

Another tweet said that, "Urban search & rescue team of Pakistan Army, equipped with ground-penetrating radars, concrete cutters, sniffing dogs and other equipment sent to help rescue teams. "

Food items include 2,000 meals, ready-to-eat packs, eatables and bottled water while the team is also carrying medicines, 200 tents, 600 blankets and other necessary items, according to the state-run Radio Pakistan website.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had offered the humanitarian assistance in telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala following the midday earthquake that left at least 1,800 people dead in the Himalayan country.

Mr Sharif had called the Nepalese premier from London, where he has gone for participating in the commemoration of the centenary of Gallipoli campaign and Anzac Day. Mr Koirala, meanwhile, was on a visit to Bangkok.

The PAF aircraft were ready to depart for Kathmandu since Saturday night and had been awaiting clearance to land at the airport in the Nepalese capital, according to the PM Office.

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