A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck central Turkey and northwest Syria, causing buildings to collapse and prompting searches for survivors among the rubble. More than 500 people were killed and thousands were injured. In this devastating situation, Pakistan Stands with Turkey and Syria.
The government and people of Pakistan, a brotherly country, are with Turkey in this time of need, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, expressing condolences to the families of those killed in the earthquake in Turkey. He continued, “will help in every possible way.”
Teams comprising doctors, paramedics & rescue workers are being sent to Türkiye today to help with the ongoing rescue efforts. A plane carrying medicines and other essential relief goods is also being dispatched soon. https://t.co/KfD795gyqS
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) February 6, 2023
Similarly, Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed his sorrow for the lives lost in the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, saying that the country’s people and he personally send their condolences to the people of Turkey and Syria in their time of need.
Many Pakistani artists supported the victims and represented their condolences on Twitter.
Prayers for Iskenderun #Turkey, vast devastation and destruction from magnitude 7.8 earthquake. People feared to be under rubble. Death toll already above 200! #Turkey #earthquakeinturkey
— Ahsan Khan (@Ahsankhanuk) February 6, 2023
Salman Ahmed, the guitarist for the band Junoon, penned, “Sincerest Sympathy to the people of Turkey and Syria. How tragic that lives were lost and the property was destroyed. Author Saba Qamar wrote: “The people of Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon are in your prayers. God have mercy on us all.”
Deepest Condolences for the Turkish and Syrian people. Sad to hear about the devastation caused to life and property. Many refugees are in those areas. Inna lillah hai wainna alaihay rajeoon #earthquake
— salman ahmad (@sufisal) February 6, 2023
Prayers for those affected in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon 💔
May Allah have mercy on all of us.
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) February 6, 2023
Adnan Siddiqui tweeted, “Our heart goes out to the beautiful country of Turkey and all those affected by the devastating earthquake.”
Our heart goes out for the beautiful country of Turkey and all those affected by the devastating earthquake. Sending love & support during this trying time. Hope & resilience will guide you forward. You are not alone. #StayStrongTurkey🇹🇷
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) February 6, 2023
Ali Rehman Khan wrote on Twitter, “My heart goes out to the people of Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon.”
Pakistan stands with Turkey and Syria in all possible situations. The artists are lined up with this support.
My heart goes out to the people of #Turkey #Syria and #Lebanon. Chilling to see the extent of damage and destruction it has caused. Prayers for all those who have been affected by this devastating earthquake. Prayers for the departed & for the safety of those who have survived.
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) February 6, 2023
Fakhre Alam shared, “Deeply saddened to hear about the massive earthquake in Turkiye. It was 7.1 in magnitude and many buildings collapsed. This is catastrophic.”
The situation in Turkiye is dire and the countrybhas already appealed for international assistance. Please take a moment to say a prayer for all those that have perished. #turkiyeearthquake #earthquake #earthquaketurkey
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) February 6, 2023
Actors Aiman Khan and Azfar Rehman also shared Instagram Stories sending their condolences to the victims of the tragedy.
The Turkish disaster agency reported 76 deaths and 440 injuries, prompting the deployment of rescue and supply aircraft and the declaration of a “level 4 alarm,” which necessitates the involvement of foreign aid organizations.