India pledges full support to flood-hit Pak : Pak welcomes

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India pledges full support to flood-hit Pak : Pak welcomes

Postby dilip » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:29 pm

Pakistan and India are one of those states in the world history who are having great antagonistic feelings for each other since the very first day of sub-continent partition. They fought brutal wars and diplomatic tussles . On international scenario if one has to write a list of ever fighting nations their name almost comes first. We will soon come up with a brief analysis of the losses occurred due to their rivalry ...

A surge of victims block a major road in the hard-hit Nowshera district to protest the absence of adequate relief.
Recently there were heavy floods in Pakistan .Pakistan has been hit by the worst floods in 80 years, which have soaked one fifth of its land, killed more than 1,500 people and impacted an estimated population of 20 million with around 6 million in need of emergency aid, which included 3.5 million children.The U.N. has launched a flash appeal for USD 460 million out of which USD 263 million has been received, which is approximately 53 per cent.

India responded to this call in a positive way - offering an helping hand. Offering its wholehearted support to flood-hit Pakistan, India has vowed to do all it can to assist the country in relief efforts, apart from the USD five million in aid already extended by it.

“We are willing to do all that is in our power to assist Pakistan in facing the consequences of floods,” Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s envoy to the U.N., told the General Assembly on the second day of a special meeting on the Pakistani floods on Friday.“We extend our wholehearted support to the government of Pakistan in its effort for relief and rehabilitation of their adversely affected population,” he said.

Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, told Indian television that his government was happy to take the money. "I think this initiative of India is a very welcome initiative," he said from New York, where he is attending a special UN assembly on the floods.

The move came a day after India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, to express his condolences.The US has now promised almost £100m in assistance.

The country's president, Asif Ali Zardari, has warned that militants are trying to use the floods to promote their agendas, as they did after a devastating earthquake in Kashmir in 2005.

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