Pakistan sends planeload of relief goods to Iran

Pakistan has sent a planeload of relief goods for earthquake victims in Iran, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

A Pakistan Air Force C-130 plane carrying blankets, cooking oil and rice left from an air base near the capital Islamabad for Iran on Sunday, a ministry statement said.

It said the plane was sent to western Iran, not far away from the area where last week's strong quake flattened villages, killing 70 people and injuring 1,200.

Thousands were left homeless after Thursday's quake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks, according to Iranian officials.

Pakistan was hit by a 7.6-magnitude quake on Oct. 8, 2005 that killed about 80,000 people and left more than 3 million others homeless. Iran at the time sent relief goods and rescuers to help Pakistani quake victims, reports the AP.


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