Pak envoy briefs Pakistani diaspora on flood relief efforts
BEIJING, Sep 11 (China Economic Net) - The Pakistani Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque held an interactive session with members of the Pakistani community at the Pakistan Embassy Beijing and briefed them on the fund-raising and other efforts being carried out for flood-hit people in Pakistan.
He informed that soon after the floods in Pakistan, the Chinese government announced a relief package of RMB 400 million while the Chinese provincial governments and institutions also announced donations for badly affected people in Pakistan.
China also pledged to provide 25,000 tents to assist Pakistan’s government in its flood relief efforts and dispatched around 5,000 tents by cargo aircraft for flood-stricken people, he added.
Ambassador Haque said that the Pakistani embassy and Pakistani Consulates in different cities of China launched fund raining campaigns. The Chinese and Pakistani people had deposited over RMB 12 million in the relief fund in the first eight days of the campaign.
He said that to help overcome any shortage of food items, China would soon send 200 tons of vegetables especially tomatoes, and onions to Pakistan via the Karakorum Highway.
“We will enhance our flood management capacity with the cooperation of China to minimise human and material losses during floods,” he added.
Terming China an all-weather friend and true brother, he said, “We will seek long-term support from China for rehabilitation of our people after the end of the rescue and relief phase.”
He also called upon the community to assist in the government’s relief and rehabilitation efforts for the flood-stricken brethren and sisters in Pakistan.
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Country Director, Qadir Bux Sangi told the gathering that the national flag carrier would airlift relief goods free of cost from China to Pakistan.
Sheikh Muhammad Shariq Chief representative of the National Bank of Pakistan appreciated the efforts made by Pakistan embassy and ensured to help in relief efforts
The Pakistani community gave a promising gesture to the ambassador of Pakistan that they will take an active part in flood relief efforts and will take awareness campaigns here.