The federal government has allotted Rs 10 billion to support Turkey’s earthquake relief operations, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also said that Pakistan will continue to support the disaster-stricken country on a daily basis.
The prime minister urged the country to pray for the earthquake victims during today’s Friday prayers while speaking at an event in Lahore and stating that Pakistan will never leave Turkey in these circumstances.
The prime minister stated that thousands of people have died and been injured in Turkey and Syria and that many others are looking for loved ones who have buried the rubble.
“I believe that the people of Turkey and Syria will come out of this difficulty,” he said, adding that Pakistan assured Turkey of assistance the day when this tragedy took place.
He stated that the Turkish president paid a visit to Pakistan during a period of severe floods there and gave millions of cash to those affected by the flooding.
“A Pakistan Army team was sent the day when the earthquake hit Turkey and the disbursement of the relief goods has begun,” he continued.
He said that goods weighing 100 tonnes are being sent to Turkey in a truck today.
The prime minister invited individuals, charity causes, and businesspeople to participate in the effort to raise money. Additionally, he asked the key ministers for their assistance.
“A committee has been formed to send funds to Turkey. 1,486 tonnes of relief goods are being sent to Turkey and Syria,” he added.
The premier said that 13 centers have been established in Pakistan for the collection of funds, adding that donations will also be collected in educational institutions across the country.