ISLAMABAD - Former President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief over the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal. "On behalf of the PPP and on my own behalf I wish to extend our heart-felt condolences particularly to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones and express solidity with the government and people of Nepal in this difficult hour," he said in a message on Saturday.

He said that earthquakes and natural disasters dramatize the helplessness of man before forces of nature. He prayed for those who lost their lives and patience to the bereaved families to bear the grief with fortitude. Meanwhile, he condemned the brutal targeted assassination of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud in Karachi and called for the arrest and punishment to the perpetrators of crime as well as a thorough probe into the incident.