ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has extended his heartfelt sympathies to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyib Erdogan over the loss of lives and damages due to earthquake that struck the city of Van and surrounding areas a couple of days back. In his letter to the Turkish Premier, Gilani said, On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, I would like to convey our heartfelt sympathies to the government and people of Turkey for the large scale loss that they have suffered due to the earthquake that struck the city of Van and surrounding areas. We stand together with our Turkish brothers and sisters in this moment of great challenge. We are confident that the resilient Turkish nation will overcome the extensive loss and damage wrought by this natural calamity. We are at one with the Turkish nation at this moment of great trial. We pray for those who have lost their lives and wish for the early recovery of the many who have been injured. We have arranged to immediately air lift a team of doctors with relief supplies. We stand ready to support, in any manner required, Turkeys national efforts in coping with the aftermath of this tragic catastrophe. The people of Pakistan share the sufferings of our Turkish brothers and sisters. We pray to Allah Almighty to grant the Turkish nation the strength and fortitude to overcome the effects of this catastrophe. Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.