Afghan president brings aid to quake-hit Pakistan

Islamabad, October 24, 2005 (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived here with more aid for survivors of the powerful earthquake which devastated northern Pakistan this month, officials said. His office in Kabul said he had brought five tonnes (tons) of medicine and a 30-strong medical team to Islamabad, as well as his foreign, defense and health ministers. President Karzai was expected to discuss relief measures with the Pakistani leadership following the October 8 quake that killed more than 53,000 people, injured about 75,000 and made more than three million homeless. He was due to meet President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to "discuss the ongoing international rescue and relief operations... and Afghanistan's assistance to the victims of the earthquake," a statement said. The medical team was made up of doctors, nurses and pharmacists. The government of Afghanistan has already contributed four military helicopters, medical teams, food aid and cash to the relief operation.