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FM Expresses Sorrowness Over Fire At Notre Dame Cathedral

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed sorrowness on the massive fire which engulfed at the famed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

In a Twitter message, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the Foreign Minister is deeply saddened over the incident and wishes that the French will be able to restore the historic Cathedral’s glory.

“FM has expressed deep sadness about the devastating fire at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. For centuries, it has been a revered place of worship for Catholics around the world”, Dr Faisal tweeted.

“Hope that resilient people of France will be able to restore it to its glory”, he added in his Tweet.

Previously, firefighters finally controlled a “devastating fire” after hours of battling that broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris at 7 pm local time on Tuesday.

“The fire is completely under control. It is partially extinct, there are only some other residential homes where the fire needs to be extinguished,” Paris spokesman said. Smoke was seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral, as flames leapt out beside its two bell towers.

Both the spire and roof of the cathedral collapsed, but the main structure was preserved, Paris fire chief said.

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild Notre-Dame in a public address.Notre Dame’s foundation stone was laid in 1163 by Pope Alexander III, and the cathedral was completed in the 13th century.

Today, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, Notre Dame is considered a feat of architecture as well as a major religious and cultural symbol of France.