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Gilani sent sympathies to Australian PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has sent a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Australia over the loss of lives and property due to raging wild fire in Australia. In his message the Prime Minister said

“I am deeply saddened on the tragic loss of precious lives and property caused by the raging wild fire in Australia. We share the grief of our Australian friends over this unfortunate incident.

“The people of Pakistan join me in conveying our deep sympathies to those who have been affected by this calamity”

The number of deaths from bushfires that have already claimed 170 lives in the Australian state of Victoria is likely to rise, officials have warned. Police believe some of the fires were started deliberately – actions which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said amounted to “mass murder”. Survivors have recounted how they fled walls of flames. Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some rural towns have been completely destroyed.

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