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India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« on: August 20, 2010, 01:37:57 PM »
News Update: Pakistan accepts flood aid money from India



Pakistan has accepted a "very welcome" offer of financial aid for flood victims from its neighbour and perennial rival India, a donation indicating improving relations between the regional powers despite the relatively modest sum involved.

The $5m (£3.2m) donation was made as "a goodwill offer for solidarity", a spokesman for India's foreign ministry 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, which have spread across a fifth of the nation. At least 8 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

The move came a day after India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, spoke to his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, to express his condolences.

India had previously faced criticism for not joining in the international efforts to help its neighbour.

The two countries have experienced turbulent relations since partition in 1947, fighting two wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Relations plummeted anew in 2008 when Islamist militants who, according to India, were assisted by Pakistan's security services, undertook a bloody terrorist raid on Mumbai.

While offers of aid are continuing to arrive from around the world – the UK has now pledged almost £65m in direct assistance – relief agencies warn that rapid action is needed. The UN's World Food Programme has called for more helicopters to deliver aid to remote areas, saying it currently had the use of just 10.

The need is all the more urgent amid increasing fears of major outbreaks of disease. "With over 38,000 reported cases of acute diarrhoea already and at least one confirmed cholera death, the spectre of major cholera outbreaks is real," Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta of the women and child health division at Aga Khan University in Karachi wrote in the Lancet medical journal.

Pakistan's government moved to try and assuage fears that militant Islamist groups could fill the vacuum caused by aid not arriving and exploit anger against the civilian administration.

"The banned organisations are not allowed to visit flood-hit areas," Pakistan's interior minister, Rehman Malik, told Reuters. "We will arrest members of banned organisations collecting funds and will try them under the anti-terrorism act."

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.

The US has now promised almost £100m in assistance, while the UN says it has received pledges for about 60% of its appeal for around £300m to help flood victims.

According to forecasters, the floods could begin to recede in Punjab province but there is a danger of more rain in Sindh over the next week. These provinces, where the majority of Pakistanis live, have been hit hardest by the floods.

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India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2010, 01:50:36 AM »
unbelievable  :whew:

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 05:43:54 PM »
Not enough aid in the flood effected area in Pakistan

Here is an article showing why Pakistan is struggling to recieve aid - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11035270

Aid Comparsion:



A Raw Video on Aid given
Raw Video: Aid Pours for Pakistan Flood Victims


P.s. - Poor people suffering from some one nonsense.

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2010, 12:01:13 AM »
Over 100 Hindu and Sikh Pakistanis displaced by the unprecedented floods in Nowshera have shifted to Lahore where they are sheltered in Gurdwaras and Mandirs.

Whereas 40 people belonging to Sikh and Hindu communities of Pakistan have shifted to houses of their relatives in Peshawar and Khyber Agency.

Traders from these minority communities in Nowshera have lost their shops and other businesses alike as the worst floods in the history of Pakistan have destroyed almost everything.

The worship places of these communities have also been damaged badly.

According to Evacuee Trust Property Board(ETBP), a body that looks after the interests of the country's minority communities, over 2,000 Sikh and Hindus have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan. Most of them belong to Kyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces.

About 150 these displaced minorities have taken shelter at Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore and Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasanabdal while 100 more are sheltering at Gurdwara Janamasthan in Nankana Sahib. In Sindh the minority community has been affected by floods in Kashmor, Kandhkot, Ghauspur, Omrakot, Karampur and Thal areas. They have also been shifted to different Gurdwaras in Lahore.

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2010, 12:02:51 AM »
بپھرے دریا کو منانےکی کوشش

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2010, 01:43:26 PM »
It really amazing how the media shape our world. Remind me a talk by Alisa Miller   .

I mean a disaster in US is consider so big but a similar disaster happening in Pakisatan is ignored. Most of us don't even know when it started (including me). Shamefull on our part.

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2010, 01:48:47 PM »
A quick overview of where is the damage




And more rain is expected - More in this article - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11051205

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2010, 01:54:31 PM »
And this video sums it all.

Poor people suffering and Very less Aid. :|

WHY ISN'T THE WORLD RUSHING TO RESCUE PAKISTAN?

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2010, 02:10:53 PM »
Pakistani army aids flood victims

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2010, 04:01:34 PM »
PJ should probably provide some aid too, no?

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Re: India to provide $5M aid to Pakistan for flood relief
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2010, 05:00:01 PM »
PJ should probably provide some aid too, no?

I was thinking to make a topic.

But I dont know if people dont get aggresive on hearing they need to help pakistan.

One reason I posted so much is aware.

- I think i m gonna make a topic.. Who dont want to help can ignore it !!

Thanks
« Last Edit: August 22, 2010, 06:59:06 PM by Jhanda Amli »

 

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