Qatar’s Pakistani community urged to contribute to relief effort

September 2, 2010
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Pakistan’s foreign minister, has urged his compatriots in Qatar to contribute in whatever means they can to the relief and reconstruction efforts in flood-hit areas at home.

The floods had wrecked devastation at such a scale back home that it was impossible for the government to provide relief and help in rehabilitation of the victims on its own, Shah Mehmoud Qureshi told the Pakistani community at a meeting in Doha.

Assistance from several quarters was, therefore, required, he said, urging fellow Pakistanis to contribute their bit in the drive.

“We believe that since 1947, this (flood) has caused the biggest displacement… Pakistan’s bread basket has been affected badly. We used to have surplus wheat. Now there’s the fear of a famine. Our elderly, women, children are at great risk,” he said.

Those who did not want to donate for flood relief through a government agency could do so through other means, the minister said, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Thursday.

He said a community get-together held for flood relief early last month raised Rs10m ($116,000) in half-an-hour. A similar meeting will be held after Eid Al Fitr.

The Pakistani community Qatar has so far collected another Rs10m ($116,000) since the last meeting was held for the relief of flood victims, said Qureshi.

The minister said that Pakistan was keen on boosting its ties and cooperation with the Gulf countries.

“Gulf countries are important for Pakistan as millions of our people live here. The Gulf treats Pakistan as an important country and part of their region and feels the pain if Pakistanis are in pain,” he said. “I admit Pakistan has not been able to take that relationship further in recent years as we have been engaged with elements involved in Afghanistan including the US, Germany, Britain, Nato, and so on. We are aiming to correct that now,” he said, quoted by Gulf Times.

According to Mohammad Asghar Afridi, Pakistan’s ambassador in Doha, 85,000 Pakistanis live in Qatar, in addition to hundreds of people of Pakistani origin. Qatar has 30 Pakistani organizations, he said.

 

 

         

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