Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a condolence message to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday sympathized with him, his government and nation of Pakistan on sad occasion of two devastating fire accidents in Karachi and Lahore.
"The news on getting killed and wounded of a large number of your good self's citizens following two vast and horrendous fire incidents in cities of Karachi and Lahore deeply saddened and depressed us," the letter said.
"While condoling with you, the Pakistan government, and noble Pakistani nation, personally, and on behalf of the Iranian government and the great Iranian nation, I pray to Almighty Allah for the salvation of the soles of the bygone victims, fast recovery of the injured victims, patience for the victims' bereaved families, and prosperity and wellbeing for the friend and brother Pakistani nation."
Fires swept through two clothing factories in Pakistan, leaving 283 people dead - many trapped behind locked doors and barred windows.
The fires broke out Tuesday night at a garment factory in the southern port city of Karachi and a shoe manufacturer in the eastern city of Lahore. At least 258 people died in the fire in Karachi, where rescue workers were still searching Wednesday for bodies in the charred building. The death toll in Lahore was 25.