Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said that rehabilitation and reconstruction in Pakistan would require longer-term commitment of the international community, development partners and philanthropic organizations across the globe.
Talking to a delegation of US based Muslim humanitarian organizations in Washington, he said it would take years to rebuild Pakistan after massive devastation caused by floods of biblical proportions.
The delegation included representatives of Islamic Relief USA, Zakat Foundation, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Helping Hand USA, Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) and others.
The Ambassador lauded US based Muslim humanitarian organizations for their untiring efforts and generous support towards relief and rescue operations in Pakistan.
He also appreciated the generosity of American philanthropists and non-Muslim organizations that have stepped forward and were contributing towards relief activities.
Discussing immediate requirements of the flood affected areas, Masood Khan said that dewatering equipment, water purification plants, blankets, bedding and warm clothes, especially in view of winter season, would greatly help in alleviating miseries of the displaced population.
The Ambassador also thanked United Nations, US government, members of the US Congress and Senate and other dignitaries including global media for its solidarity and highlighting immense sufferings of the flood affectees.
Talking on the occasion, the delegation said that around 3.5 million Muslims residing in the US are standing beside their brothers and sisters in Pakistan at this difficult hour. He informed that American Muslim Humanitarian Forum has been established to collectively respond to the needs of the floods affectees.
The meeting was informed that renowned American organizations and US tech companies were also generously contributing towards relief activities.
Ambassador Masood Khan thanked the delegation for their efforts and generous support. He informed the participants that leading US companies, corporate entities and humanitarian organizations were also being engaged to partner in relief activities.
The Ambassador urged the participants to engage community leaders, opinion makers and humanitarian organizations to garner maximum support for the flood effected population.