In the wake of the earthquake, the Pakistani government is sending aid to Turkey.

In the first dispatch, Pakistan sent a 51-member rescue team and 7 tonnes of rescue equipment on board a PIA liner.

The flight left from Lahore last night.

A Pakistan Air Force C-130 Hercules carrying Search& Rescue teams and relief goods has also arrived in Turkiye.

In their separate messages, both the president and the prime minister expressed grief and conveyed sympathies to the governments and people of the quake-hit countries. The prime minister also telephoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and conveyed condolences over the casualties and destruction caused by the earthquake.

On the instructions of the prime minister, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was mobilising all available resources including winterised tents, blankets and other critical life-saving supplies, it was added.Urban Search and Rescue Teams trained to operate in disaster-hit areas were being dispatched with their equipment and medicines.