President Xi Jinping sends condolences following Pakistani plane crash

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Pakistani rescue workers and volunteers transport a casket carrying the body of a plane crash victim at a local hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Pakistani military helicopters ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country’s northwest. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday extended condolences to his Pakistani counterpart, Mamnoon Hussain, over Wednesday’s plane crash that killed 48 people.

Xi said in a message that he was shocked to learn the news of the tragedy, in which all the passengers and crew members of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight, including a Chinese national, were killed.

Xi, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, mourned the dead and sent condolences to the bereaved families.

President Xi expressed the condolences of the Chinese people, saying that the Chinese stand with Pakistan during this time of mourning.

A PIA plane crashed in Pakistan’s northwestern Havelian area Wednesday, killing all 48 people aboard.

This story is by Xinhua News.