Islamabad: We are proud to be Pakistanis and are united under the green flag as an independent and sovereign nation and it is a matter of great satisfaction and pride that today all political workers from the leading political parties are here and have joined their hands for this noble cause.
This was stated by Chairman Senate Mr. Farooq H. Naik while addressing a very large gathering at a “Flood Donation” event arranged by Pakistan United Forum, here in Dubai, says a press release received here today from Dubai.
He said that it was hallmark of the great nations that they face calamities with courage and fortitude. Pakistan’s history witnessed and people of Pakistan have proved that they are brave nation and are fully capable to come over all crises, he added.
The Chairman Senate said that unusual and unprecedented rains have badly affected 11 districts of Sindh, affecting more than 8.9 Million people, causing 392 deaths, injuring 746 people, and damaging as many as 700,000 houses.
He said that more than 89,000 cattle heads have perished and the entire infrastructure of health, education, and transportation, including schools, hospitals and roads have been completely wiped out. Meeting the daunting challenges posed by the devastating floods on both socio-economic and human fronts is a huge undertaking and certainly beyond the capacity of any single nation, he added.
He said that as per initial estimates, Pakistan is in dire need of more than 350 million dollars immediately to carry out much needed mitigation, recovery and rehabilitation schemes in areas like Food Security, Health, Shelters, Coordination and Logistics.
The relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the rain-hit people are no doubt such challenges, which require a joint international response since we need far more resources than we currently have.
The chairman Senate while appreciating the role of UAE Government, UAE Red Crescent and UAE welfare organizations said that Pakistan and the UAE are more than just friends and enjoy extremely close and fraternal relations based on common faith, traditions, deep-rooted cultural affinities, geographic proximity and identity of interests.
He on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan thanked the UAE leadership and the people of the UAE for their continued support and relief efforts for Pakistan’s flood victims. He also paid rich tributes to the long-standing relationship between the UAE and Pakistan and appreciated the ideal environment that had been created by the visionary leadership of the UAE.
The Chairman Senate noted that His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has come forward with a very good gesture to demonstrate our brotherly relations and has directed the UAE charities organizations to help Pakistani relief efforts. He said that it a clear example that the people of UAE have a soft spot for the people of Pakistan.
The Chairman Senate called upon all expatriates, UAE Nationals, welfare organizations and international community to come forward to support the flood relief efforts in Pakistan at this difficult time and contribute generously to the Relief Fund for the flood victims. It is high time that all expatriate Pakistani, wherever they are in the world, get united and help their brothers and sisters in Pakistan, especially Sindh, in their hour of trial and tribulations.
He said that senator have contributed 15 million rupees in “Senate Emergency Relief Fund” A/c No. 01-200-1321-5 which was matched by the same amount by Chamber of Commerce. He said that he and his team will start visiting to the affected areas from Wednesday and will distribute the relief goods directly. He assured that relief will be provided to all without any political, religious, caste, discrimination and every single penny will be spent on the affectees.
The Ambassador in UAE Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan while addressing the gathering also urged upon the Pakistani expatriate living in UAE and all over world to come forward with their generous support for the brethren in this difficult hour.
He called upon the international community that Pakistan who’s economy had already suffered colossal losses due to relentless war against terrorism needed international support immediately as the unprecedented torrential rains and devastating flood have destroyed crops and food storages, washed away bridges, roads, communication and energy networks, causing losses running in billions of dollars.
He said that the natural disasters like floods, earthquakes are a natural thing and we have no control over it. He said that government is planning to construct the affected areas keeping in view the Global environment change in order to avert such calamities in future.
At the end of the function, President Pakistan United Forum Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir announced Rs.10 million for Senate Emergency Relief Account by the united forum, while Rs.10 million was pledged by the Pakistani community living in UAE.
Earlier, Senator Ghulam nabi Bangash, Senator Babar Ghori, Senator Azam Swati, Senator Kalsoom Perveen, Senator Seemi Siddique, President PPP Punjab Imtiaz Safdar Warriach while addressing the gathering urged upon the Pakistani community to contribute whole heartedly in the Senate Emergency Relief Accounts. They emphasized that the support of Pakistani expatriate will help the government in providing relief to the affectees.
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