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(2011-02-22)

Following is the text of condolence message from the Prime Minister to his New Zealand counterpart on the loss of precious lives and damages to property due to earthquake in Christchurch:

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Excellency,

We have learnt with shock and anguish the news of a major earthquake in Christchurch.

On behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan and on my own behalf, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life and property.

We pray that the people of New Zealand and especially, Christchurch will soon recover from this calamity.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

(Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani)
Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Rt. Hon. John KEY,
Prime Minster of New Zealand,
Wellington.

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Islamabad
22 February 2011

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