Quake: (Nepal lauds Pakistan relief operations in quake hit areas)

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has set-up a special relief fund for the quake affectees of Nepal.

He stated this while addressing a joint press conference with Nepal’s Ambassador in Pakistan, Bharat Raj Paudyal and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Major General Asghar Nawaz here on Sunday.

The Foreign Secretary said Pakistanis at home and abroad are sending the contributions to the fund. He said Pakistan was the first country which immediately responded to the call of help by the Nepalese authorities on the special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the devastating earthquake.

He said Nepal’s Embassy in Islamabad has also played an effective role in coordinating relief efforts for the quake affectees. He said initial relief consignments including tents, medicines and food items have already been sent to Kathmandu through six C-130s flights.

He said a 30-bed mobile hospital of Pakistan with 50 doctors is also working in Kathmandu. He said Pakistan Army’s special teams also closely coordinated in the search and relief operations in quake hit areas of Nepal. He said Nepalese Chief of Army Staff has lauded Pakistan relief operations.

Nepalese Ambassador to Pakistan said they are grateful to the Government and people of Pakistan for generous support extended by Pakistan at this difficult time.

He said thirty five districts of Nepal have badly been hit by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake, killing over six thousand people and injuring fourteen thousand others. He said forty one thousand houses have been completely destroyed while one hundred and fifty thousand partly damaged.

He said three hundred fifty thousand people are in dire need of immediate relief across Nepal. He said Pakistani rescue team is working in hardest area in Nepal. Nepal Army Chief, General Gaurav SJB Rana has expressed his gratitude for whole hearted support extended by Pakistan and Pakistan Army during recent earthquake in Nepal. He expressed these remarks during his visit to Pakistan Army Field Hospital on Sunday.

Nepalese army Chief met Pakistani relief workers and appreciated their efforts to provide solace to the earthquake victims in Nepal. He said Pakistan will be remembered by people of Kathmandu because doctors from Pakistan Army were present round the clock and they came with ample stock of medicines.

Pakistan Army field hospital at Bhaktapur is main source of receiving medical aid for the earthquake affected people of Nepal. Pakistani Army Urban Search and Rescue teams are also round the clock busy in rescue work.

Earlier, last week Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Ms. Valerie Amos along with European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides also visited Pakistan Army field hospital in Bhaktapur, Nepal. They praised the state of the art field camp and rescue and relief efforts by Pakistan Army teams doctors and Urban Search and Rescue team.

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