WASHINGTON: The severity and lethality of the earthquake in Türkiye has solely been partially depicted by the worldwide media as folks reside with the perilous penalties of a number of disasters throughout the mega-disaster since February 6, mentioned Pakistan’s Ambassador to the USA.
“Our hearts exit to the folks and authorities of Türkiye who had been hit by one of many deadliest earthquakes up to now 100 years and one of many greatest pure disasters of our occasions,” he mentioned.
In his remarks throughout a Zoom Telethon organized by Pakistani American medical doctors, Ambassador Masood Khan made a passionate attraction to Pakistani diaspora to contribute generously in the direction of offering aid to the Turkish brethren who had been present process immense struggling as a consequence of catastrophic earthquake. “Their struggling is our struggling, their agony is our agony,” Masood Khan noticed.
Ambassador of Türkiye to the U.S., Hasan Murat Mercan, additionally participated within the digital telethon.
The occasion witnessed immediate response particularly from Pakistani American medical doctors and an quantity $3,65,000 was collected inside an hour-long telethon. Extra contributions are anticipated, each in money and type.
Whereas paying tribute to the folks and authorities of Türkiye for his or her braveness, resilience and resourcefulness in going through the disaster, Masood Khan conveyed heartfelt condolences of the nation to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and your entire nation of Türkiye over the tragic lack of treasured lives and different damages. “We really feel acute ache for many who have misplaced their lives, the bereaved households and those that couldn’t survive. It’s a tragedy for all humanity,” he mentioned.
Masood Khan mentioned that Pakistan responded instantly to the emergency in Türkiye by dispatching a number of plane sorties and truckloads of aid supplies, Search and Rescue groups and medical squads. The Prime Minister of Pakistan visited Türkiye lately to convey the solidarity of the folks of Pakistan with Turkish brothers and sisters.
“The main focus has been on rescue, shelter, safety, meals safety, water and emergency healthcare,” he mentioned.
Underscoring the necessity for urgently scaling up the help, Masood Khan mentioned that greater than 5 million folks wanted speedy humanitarian aid within the subsequent three months.
“We absolutely assist the attraction of the UN Secretary Common for at the least $1 billion to provide aid within the early restoration stage. We agree with him that there is no such thing as a time to lose to supply funds for the victims,” he emphasised.
Ambassador Masood Khan lauded Affiliation of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) and its management for organizing the telethon and elevating humanitarian help for earthquake response in Türkiye.
APPNA, on the event, additionally provided to ship medical mission to Türkiye to assist aid efforts.
Ambassador Hasan Murat Mercan, talking on the event, briefed the members concerning the magnitude of the calamity. He thanked the Authorities and the folks of Pakistan, particularly Pakistani group residing in the USA, for his or her immediate and beneficiant assist at this tough hour.