Thursday, February 3, 2011

Friendly Pakistan extends it hand in the hour of need

Friendly Pakistan extends it hand in the hour of need

In the aftermath of the devastating floods in Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan is sending the much needed humanitarian assistance worth over Sri Lanka Rupees 11.2 Million (US $ 100,000) for the flood affectees. The emergency relief items includes tents and blankets which will be distributed to the affectees through the Government of Sri Lanka. 

These items have been sent following an appeal made by the Pakistani mission in Colombo on the request of the Sri Lankan Government. Flooding has left at least 40 people dead and more than 1 million people displaced in the north, east and central parts of the country in recent days.

The Plane carrying the relief material is expected to arrive at the Katunayake International Airport at 5.00pm today (26/1/2011). Pakistan has always stood by Sri Lanka in the hour of distress in the past and will do so in the future as well.

The civilizational links between Pakistan and Sri Lanka date back to the dawn of Buddhism. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 1948, the two countries have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relationship. The two countries, upholding their friendship and brotherhood, have been helpful to each other during difficult times.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka being located in the South Asian region and being members of various regional and international bodies like UN, commonwealth, NAM and SAARC are mutually important for each others. The relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is based on mutual trust and commonality of interest in maintaining regional peace, security and stability. Pakistan has always supported the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

Both countries have shared common perceptions on almost all regional and international issue and are working together on all these forums for shared values and interests.

Although Pakistan itself has suffered from the devastating floods which had affected over 20 million people and damaged huge swathe of crops, yet in this hour of need the people and the government Pakistan have not hesitated to help their Sri Lankan brethren.