ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif phoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday, offering condolences and sympathies over the loss of lives and devastation caused by earthquake that hit India on Saturday (April 25).

While sympathising with the government as well as the bereaved families of the victims, Nawaz said that the government and people of Pakistan expressed support and solidarity with the Indian people and offered all possible help for relief work. The PM reiterated what he had said during the last year's floods on both sides of the Line of Control, that natural disasters of this nature highlighted the importance of a joint regional approach for their effective management. Agencies Add: Both the leaders expressed the need to develop an effective and well-coordinated natural disaster management system in the region. Modi thanked Nawaz Sharif for his concern over the loss of lives and property in India. "I thank him for his kind words," PM Modi said in a tweet.  "I suggested to PM Sharif that SAARC nations should conduct regular joint exercises on disaster relief and rescue," Modi said. "PM Sharif appreciated this idea and told me that we should take up such an initiative," the PM said in another tweet.  PM Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif also discussed the unseasonal rains and their adverse impact on the crops.