China, US, France grieved over PIA plane crash


Following the tragic fate of flight PK-661 on Wednesday and the death of all 48 on board, including one Chinese national, the Chinese President Xi Jinping in a condolence message to President Mamnoon Hussain said: “On behalf of the Chinese government and people and also in my own name, I would like to extend deep condolences to the victims and sincere sympathy to the bereaved families. At this difficult time, the Chinese People are standing firmly with the Pakistani people.” The Chinese Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang and the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed sadness and grief over the plane crash.
The United States of America has offered assistance to Pakistan for rescue and recovery operations after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crashed, killing all 47 on board.
Mark C. Toner, Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department said, US has been following reports of crash of a PIA flight, a domestic flight en route from Chitral to Islamabad.
“Obviously, our condolences to the victims of that plane crash. We have offered assistance – any assistance we can offer to the Pakistani government.” “Our embassy in Islamabad is in contact with the government to see if we can help with rescue or recovery operations.”
Meanwhile, the Embassy of France in Pakistan expressed sincere condolences to the families of all passengers and flight crew members on board. “In these difficult circumstances, we share the grief and sorrow of those who have lost loved ones in this terrible accident.”

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