Indonesian Humanitarian Relief Aid Arrives In Pakistan



KARACHI:     The Coordinating Minister of Indonesia for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Prof. Dr. Muhajir Effendi handed over the flood relief aid from the Government of Indonesia to Minister for Labour of Sindh Province Mr. Saeed Ghani and Minister for Social Welfare Mr. Muhammad Sajidd in a brief ceremony held at Jinnah International Airport Karachi today. The humanitarian aid package weighing around 90 tons has been sent by two chartered national Garuda aircrafts carrying logistics such as medicines, tents, clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, and generators for the victims of devastating flood victims in Pakistan.

     Speaking on the occasion, the Head of Delegation Prof. Dr. Muhajir Effendi conveyed deepest condolences and sympathies to the flood victims in Pakistan from the Government and people of Indonesia. He said that both the countries enjoy special historic and brotherly bilateral relations and this humanitarian aid reflects the spirit of friendship and mutual cooperation to support each other in difficult times. Noting the scale of destruction because of the floods, he said that Indonesia will also help Pakistani Government in next phase. The Minister of Labour of Province Sindh, Mr. Saeed Ghani expressed his gratitude to the people of Indonesia for showing solidarity and extending humanitarian relief assistance to Pakistani people.

     The Head of National Disaster Management Agency of Indonesia Lt. Gen. Suharyanto, Chairman of Commission 8 of House of Representatives Mr. Ashabul Kahfi, and Director of South and Central Asia Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion representing the delegation from Indonesia. The visiting delegation also received by Secretary of NDMA of Pakistan.

     Coordinating Minister Prof. Dr. Muhajir Effendi and delegation accompanied by Minister Labour of the Sindh Province Saeed Ghani and Minister Social Welfare Muhammad Sajidd visited a shelter camp located in Gulshan-e-Iqsan, Karachi to distribute relief packages to 75 families who took temporary refuge in a boys school Madu Ghod.

     As the two most populated Muslim majority countries, Indonesia and Pakistan have strong bonds of brotherhood and friendship. The two countries have always supported each other at the time of natural calamities whether its tsunami in Indonesia or massive floods of 2010 in Pakistan. It is hoped that Indonesian assistance will reduce the sufferings of flood affected communities and support the ongoing efforts of Pakistan government to quickly overcome the impact of large scale damage across the country”.