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ISLAMABAD, Nov 5 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting
and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Thursday said
the Chinese people and government have once again demonstrated their
compassion for the people of Pakistan and their commitment to stand
along side the Pakistani nation at a time when it was struck by a
natural calamity.
He was talking to the media after receiving Chinese
relief goods here at Benazir International Airport. Chinese Ambassador
Sun Weidong handed over the relief consignment to the Information
Minister and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Major General Asghar Nawaz.
The minister on behalf of the government and the people of
Pakistan thanked the government and the people of China for sending
relief goods for the earthquake affected people.
Pakistan and China, he said, had close and brotherly
relations which were time tested and had always stood with each other
in times of trial. “We shared grief and joys with each other.”
He said the people and the government of Pakistan were
grateful to the international community for their messages of
sympathies and offers of assistance. However, it was decided since
Pakistan had the resources and ability to respond to this natural
calamity, it would not appeal for any international assistance,
he added.
As a gesture of solidarity with the Pakistani brethren, the
Peoples Republic of China has extended the humanitarian relief
assistance to Pakistan to express solidarity and to mitigate
sufferings of the people affected by the earthquake, that struck
the northern parts of country on October 26.
The relief consignment mainly include tents, blankets and
generators for the earthquake affected families.
Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong expressed sorrow over the
destruction and loss of lives caused by the earthquake.
He also appreciated the Government of Pakistan for ensuring
immediate response and provision of timely relief assistance to the
earthquake victims and reiterated the resolve of his government to
stand by the people of Pakistan.
NDMA Chairman Asghar Nawaz also appreciated the gesture and
thanked China for the humanitarian assistance .
The minister later formally received the relief goods and he
along the Chinese ambassador inspected the consignment.