Afghan CG appeals  to world for help

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Shamim Shahid

The Peshawar based Consul General of Afghanistan has requested global community to help the Emirate Islami at this crucial stage as it is natural disaster.

“The earthquake caused lives to over one thousands and injuries to around two thousands others,” Hafiz Mohib Ullah remarked in a brief emergency press conference here at Peshawar on Thursday afternoon. Flanked by other fellow diplomats, the Afghan Consul General said that thousands of homes razed to the grounds, making shelterless  thousands of families. The earthquake victims are in dire needs of shelter, food items and medicines, he added.

Hafiz Mohib Ullah in response to a question said, “we are hopeful that world community would extend not only emergency pledges to the Emirate Islami but will also go for a durable help for the earth quake victims. Elaborating his point of view, Hafiz Mohib Ullah said that almost victims are poor’s and living in mud or Katcha houses, therefore, global community and individual philanthropists needs to help in construction of new safe houses for these people-from most poor, backward and remote areas of Afghanistan.

Answering to another question, Hafiz Mohib Ullah said, “we believe that all sort of relief goods, pledges and cash donations for the well to do of earthquake victims should be ensured to diplomatic missions of Afghanistan. In this respect, special bank accounts are already opened by Afghanistan Embassy in Islamabad and Consulate Generals in Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi.” He suggested the individuals and office holders of different politico-religious groups to desist themselves of arranging donations and relief camps.

Meanwhile, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has confirmed tribesmen displaced to Afghanistan in June 2014 amongst the victims of earthquake which shattered Afghanistan on mid night between Tuesday and Wednesday. Barrister Muhammsad Ali Saif, advisor to Chief Minister said, “our people who living as Displaced Persons across the border in Khost persons also affected by Earthquake.  So far there is no exact data of casualties as the rescue activities are still in progress but around 30 dead bodies have been arrived in Data Khel tehsil through Ghulam Khan border.” He also confirmed that one personnel killed and several other injured when a Post razed to the grounds as a result of earthquake in North Waziristan.

On the other hand, Army Medical Corps and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s Rescue 1122 opened a medical camp just on Ghulam Khan of North Waziristan and Angor Adda of South Waziristan crossing points for medical relief and assistance of earthquake victims of Khost, Paktya and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan.