- Reports have emerged that a plane carrying nearly 100 people has crashed in Pakistan
- The crash has been confirmed by the Pakistani civil aviation agency
- The civil aviation agency said the flight was coming from Lahore area of the country
Reports have emerged that a plane carrying nearly 100 people has crashed in a residential area in Pakistan.
The country's civil aviation agency disclosed on Friday, May 22, that the plane crashed in a Pakistani city of Karachi, Aljazeera reports.
Abdul Sattar Khokhar, the spokesman for the country's aviation authority, said the flight was coming from Lahore.
He said the flight had 99 passengers. Images shown on national television showed plumes of smoke above homes in a congested residential neighbourhood.
Dozens of passengers are feared killed in the crash.
Though there has been no official confirmation of the number of casualties or survivors, a relative of a passenger onboard said she was able to contact him after the crash.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, his excellency Imran Khan, have just had a phone conversation.
A tweet-statement from the official page of the presidency confirmed that the conversation between the two leaders held on Thursday afternoon, May 7.
The point of discussion, according to the statement, was based on the global initiative on debt relief canvassed by leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group (NAM) for developing countries.
Legit.ng recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, May 4, participated in an online NAM summit in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting themed United Against COVID-19 was presided over by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan and current chair of the NAM, Ilham Aliyev.
One of the areas of discussion was how a debt relief campaign would be launched for developing countries to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic & unprecedented health & socioeconomic challenges facing most of them.
In another report, members of the National Economic Council (NEC) rose from their first virtual meeting on Thursday, May 21 with a resolution to ensure a more effective synergy between the federal government and the state governments especially in matters related to the fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council is specifically focusing on how to effectively and efficiently reopen the Nigerian economy after the lockdowns and shutdowns across the country.
Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the council members include all the 36 state governors, the FCT minister, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and other top officials of the federal government.
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