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New Delhi: Twin tragedies in India and Pakistan resulted in a phone conversation between the prime ministers of the two nations that share a blow hot, blow cold relationship.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi late on Sunday night and offered his condolences on the deaths of about 100 people in a fire at a temple in Kollam, Kerala, said the Indian foreign ministry.

“PM thanked PM Sharif, and also expressed his deep condolences to him on loss of life and damage due to quake in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa," tweeted Vikas Swarup, spokesperson with the ministry of external affairs.

More than 100 people were killed when a fire broke out at Puttingal temple in Kollam, Kerala, in the early hours of Sunday.

In Pakistan, at least one person was killed and several injured in an earthquake that affected Afghanistan and North India as well.

India and Pakistan, at present, are going slow with a peace process launched in December to sort out contentious issues, including that of Kashmir.

On 7 April, Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the peace process, affected by the 2 January militant attack on India’s Pathankot airbase, had been suspended.

Telephone conversations between Sharif and Modi are not uncommon since the latter came to office in May 2014.

In December 2014, Modi had spoken to Sharif after a terrorist attack on a military-run school in Peshawar left more than 100 people dead. Sharif had called Modi last April after an earthquake epicentred in Nepal killed a few people in India as well.

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