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Pakistan’s Prime Minister appeals for more international support to tackle floods

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By Muhammad Aamir

ABU DHABI, 30th August, 2022 (WAM) — As Pakistan announced the “2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan” today jointly with the United Nations, to tackle the situation following the devastating rains, floods, and landslides, the country’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has appealed to the international community for further support, saying “much more is required to be done”.

“It is a yawning gap between our requirements and what we are receiving at this point in time,” he said and pointed out that this year the intensity of rains has been three to four times more than the average of the last 30 years.

“Pakistan is facing the toughest time of its history,” he told foreign journalists at a press briefing telecast live on Zoom and attended by the Emirates News Agency.

Global aid for Pakistan

“We have exerted all possible human efforts, and are going to deal with this situation with the support of 220 million Pakistanis,” Shehbaz Sharif vowed, and added that the government had put all its resources to serve the people.

“We will redirect our resources from developing plans towards their rehabilitation. That is very important,” he said urging the global community to stand by Pakistan.

However, the premier warned that any inordinate delay would be very damaging for the people of Pakistan who are in a grave and dire situation following rains and floods.

“We are looking for serious and sincere support,” he said.

Procuring wheat from Russia

He said that there were no sanctions on getting wheat supplies from Russia on humanitarian grounds, and Pakistan was negotiating with Russia to buy wheat.

“We have an offer from Russia on wheat supplies on G2G (government to government) basis. We are negotiating with them and trying to get the best possible prices and terms and conditions. If we get suitable terms we will certainly buy from them, especially under these difficult circumstances,” the Prime Minister said.

Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan’s economy, already hit by oil prices, would be bound to suffer due to this situation. “Crops have been washed away, and communication and transport systems are badly damaged. Our land is not ready for the next sowing, and our industry and agriculture are going to suffer,” he said but vowed that with the support of the international community, the country will overcome the challenges sooner than later.

India-Pakistan trade

To a question about importing vegetables and other edible items from New Delhi, he said, “There is no problem with doing trade with India but unless longstanding issues are resolved between the two countries things cannot move forward.”

“We need to move forward, empower our people, and provide succour, education, jobs, and health care to impoverished communities. This is an agenda which is dear to our hearts. If they are ready we are ready for talks. And we should not waste time. Because time and tide wait for none.”

The briefing was attended by Minister for Planning, Development, and Reform, Ahsan Iqbal; Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman; and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz.

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