Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday expressed grief over the train tragedy in Amritsar that killed 59 people during Dussehra celebrations on Friday.
The prime minister of Pakistan took to social media and said "Saddened to learn of the tragic train accident in Amritsar India. Condolences go to the families of the deceased.”
Amritsar Train Accident: 59 killed in deadly mishap in India, state mourning in Punjab; offices, schools shut today
Amritsar Train Accident: Amarinder Singh meets injured victims, slogans raised against him outside hospital
Amritsar tragedy: Railways not informed about Dussehra event, no action against train driver, says minister
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena also extended his condolences over the incident. Sirisena wrote to his Indian counterparts – President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry release, the Sri Lankan president in his message wrote, "Sri Lanka stands in solidarity with the people of India at this time of difficulty and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.”
"The people of Sri Lanka join me in extending heartfelt condolences to you," he said in his message to Modi.
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is presently in Delhi, in his message to Modi said: "I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic train accident in Amritsar last night."
At least 59 people were killed and 72 injured after a speeding train mowed down Dussehra revellers that had spilled onto railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy on Friday.