Pakistan to provide relief assistance to quake-hit Afghans: PM

PM thanks overseas Pakistanis as Roshan Digital deposits cross $4.5 bln

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the earthquake in Afghanistan and vowed to provide relief assistance to the affected people. He said Pakistan would provide all possible assistance to the people of Afghanistan.”We are with our Afghan brothers and sisters in this difficult time,” he remarked. Shehbaz said he had issued directives to the Pakistani authorities concerned to provide necessary relief assistance to the government of Afghanistan.

“We are deeply saddened by the damage caused by the earthquake, especially in the Paktika region,” he said. The prime minister prayed for those who lost their lives and expressed sympathy with the affected families. “We are deeply saddened by the damage caused by the earthquake, especially in the Paktika region,” he said. The prime minister prayed for those who lost their lives and expressed sympathy with the affected families.

The Foreign Office in a statement said the government and people of Pakistan extended deepest condolences and sympathies over the loss of precious lives and damage to property caused by the tragic earthquake in Paktika province of Afghanistan and its adjoining areas, and torrential floods in various provinces across the country.

“The people of Pakistan stand in strong solidarity with their Afghan brethren in this difficult time. We have no doubt that the brotherly Afghan people will overcome the effects of this natural calamity with their characteristic resilience,” it said.

The FO said, “Our authorities and institutions are working to extend required assistance to Afghanistan in coordination with their relevant institutions”. Adding to this, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday thanked the overseas Pakistanis for sending $57 million in a day that helped the Roshan Digital Accounts cross $4.5 billion in total deposits.

“Happy that yesterday State Bank received $57 million, the largest inflow in a day ever,” he said in a tweet. The prime minister thanked the overseas Pakistanis for reposing trust in their motherland. He expressed full support and patronage to the Roshan Digital Account scheme.

“Our government stands firmly behind the Roshan Digital Account scheme,” he said. PM Sharif termed overseas Pakistanis an asset to the country, who always contributed positively towards strengthening the national economy. “We assure to come up to your expectations after overcoming the economic crisis,” he said. He said the government was taking steps for providing facilitation to the expatriates. Earlier to this, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday expressed sympathies and solidarity with the people of China amidst massive evacuations caused by the floods and landslides, following heavy rains.

“Hearing about the massive evacuations in wake of heavy floods & landslides in southern China. We express our sympathies for and solidarity with our Chinese brothers and sisters in this time of hardship,” the prime minister tweeted. According to the media reports, the Chinese province of Guangdong and other southern parts of the country were hit by the heaviest downpours in 60 years over the weekend, affecting almost half a million people.

Flooding caused by the torrential rain has forced 177,600 people to relocate, destroyed 1,729 houses, damaged 27.13 hectares of crop and caused losses of more than $250 million, according to Guangdong’s Department of Emergency Management. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday expressed grief over the loss of lives due to the floods hitting different parts of Bangladesh and India. “Grieved to learn about the loss of precious human lives in Bangladesh and India due to floods. My thoughts and prayers are with the affected families,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter.

According to the media reports, the floodwaters inundated more of Bangladesh and northeast India where more than 9.5 million people were stranded with little food and drinking water, following the intense rain. The heavy monsoon rain brought the worst floods in some parts of low-lying Bangladesh and have killed at least 69 people over the past two weeks there and in India’s Assam state.

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