Pakistan officials thank the UAE government for flood relief efforts

Pakistan officials thank the UAE government for flood relief efforts
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Published September 7th, 2010 - 15:53 GMT

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Syed Athar Ali
Sultan Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Mr. Raza Jafar, CEO of ENSHAA and the (honorary Investment Counsellor of Pakistan in the UAE) urged about the dire need for help during the Iftar hosted by The Capital Club for Pakistan victims. He said, "The floods that continue to rage across Pakistan have caused enormous devastation and the human and economic toll has been massive. With approximately 23 million people directly affected, critical supplies of food, clean water and medicines are still in high demand".

The event brought together many senior officials, including the Pakistani Ambassador to the UAE, the Pakistani Secretary of Defence, officials from the United Nations, the World Food Program and the UN Coordination office for Humanitarian Affairs, who updated attendees on the current situation in Pakistan, and explained how the donations would be used to alleviate suffering as much as possible.

Pakistan's Secretary of Defense, Retired Lt. Gen, Syed Athar Ali, conveyed the appreciation of the government and people of Pakistan to those present. Speaking at the event, he said "Our country is suffering greatly at the moment, but we must not give up. With the support and generosity of fellow Muslims – especially during Ramadan, when we seek to keep in our minds those less fortunate – we will bounce back and will never forget that our regional neighbours, the people of the UAE stood by us during our tough phase".

The Pakistan Ambassador in the UAE has extended his heartfelt thanks to HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the people of the UAE for their support in raising funds for Pakistan's flood victims. To date, AED 100 million have been donated by people of the UAE. He said, "The flooding has been, according to the UN's High Commission for Refugees, the greatest natural disaster of modern times – with the population affected greater than those of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistani earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. And, as Mr. Raza Jafar has noted, UAE nationals have come forward to help their neighbours and fellow Muslims with great generosity, which will never be forgotten". 


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