Pakistan sets up special relief fund, Nepal appreciates


Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry informed a news conference in Islamabad, May 4, 2015 that a special relief fund for Nepal’s quake victims has been set up on the orders of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Present at the news conference also was Ambassador of Nepal to Pakistan Bharat Raj Paudyal.

Mr. Chaudhry said accounts under the head of relief fund would be opened in Pakistan as well as at all the Pakistani missions abroad to mobilize Pakistanis at home and overseas to contribute generously to the fund.

“The entire Pakistani nation is with Nepal in their hour of grief and is ready to extend all possible assistance,” he said media reports from Pakistan have it.

Pakistan along with China and India were one of the first countries to dispatch relief goods, doctors and paramedics to Nepal.

A Pakistan Army urban search and rescue team is also presently involved in conducting rescue operations in the country. Additionally, the Pakistan Army has also established a field hospital in Bhaktapur in order to allow free treatment for the people affected by the April 25 devastating earthquake.

Nepal’s Ambassador Paudyal in the news conference while expressed profound gratitude on behalf of the government and the people of Nepal, said Pakistan’s assistance was very effective, timely and useful.

“There has been wide admiration for Pakistan’s relief efforts”, he said.

The following was shared in the news conference by Foreign Secretary Chaudhry:

Having experienced the 2005 earthquake, Premir Nawaz knows what it means to those in grief to find friends around them in such trying times.

Within hours of the PM’s instructions, the ministry of foreign affairs, NDMA, the Military Operations Directorate of the Pakistan Army and the Operations Directorate of the Pakistan Air Force sprang into action: four C-130 planes carrying relief goods (food, medicines, tents, etc), a 50-member team of doctors, surgeons, paramedics and technicians, a 38-member Pakistan Army urban search and rescue team with state-of-the-art equipment, sniffer dogs and a 30-bed makeshift hospital were dispatched to Nepal.

In response to the Nepal government’s request, Premier Nawaz approved provision of 20,000 more tents as well as additional 20 tons of rice. Part of the consignment was delivered a day earlier on two C-130 aircraft.


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