Pakistan President appeals to world to aid


Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf today appealed to the international community for help after the region's worst earthquake in 100 years.

He said there were difficulties reaching remote areas after yesterday's 7.6 magnitude quake which has devastated towns and villages in the northern part of the country.

President Musharraf also appealed to Pakistanis living around the world to contribute to relief efforts.

He thanked foreign countries for expressions of sympathy, but said what Pakistan needed most were blankets and tents, transport helicopters and medicines.

Pakistani military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan called the devastation the worst in Pakistan's history.

"There are many villages that have been wiped off the face of this earth," he said.