ISLAMABAD Indian Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on telephone on Friday. According to Foreign Office, SM Krishna conveyed deep sympathies on behalf of the government and the people of India on the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan. The Foreign Minister thanked Krishna for the call and conveyed appreciation for the concerns over floods in Pakistan. He also conveyed appreciation for the messages of condolence from the Indian side on the tragic plane crash in Margalla Hills on 28 July last. The Indian Minister for External Affairs also conveyed felicitations on the occasion of Pakistans Independence Day being celebrated today (Saturday). The Foreign Minister reciprocated by felicitating India on its Independence Day on 15 August (tomorrow), stated a press release. Agencies add: After writing to his Pakistani counterpart last week condoling deaths in the floods, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Friday called up Shah Mahmood Qureshi and offered aid of $5 million in this hour of need, reports Door Darshan news. Krishna telephoned Qureshi and expressed solidarity with the people of Pakistan in handling the devastation caused by the floods - the worst in more than eight decades, claiming over 1,700 lives and affecting 14 million people. The Government of India has offered assistance of $5m (approx Rs 23 crore) for provision of relief material from India for the victims of the massive floods that have adversely affected Pakistan, causing widespread damage to life and property, a release by the Ministry said. In a telephone conversation, Krishna conveyed to Qureshi, this gesture of solidarity with the people of Pakistan, in their hour of need, it said. The Indian External Affairs Minister, on behalf of the people and Government of India, also conveyed deepest sympathies and condolences to the people and Government of Pakistan, on this natural disaster, it said. Last week, Krishna had written to his Pakistani counterpart and conveyed sincere condolences and had said he was distressed by the devastation caused by the natural calamity.