At a time when Pakistan is faced with a serious disaster in the form of flash floods which have claimed about nine hundred lives and large scale damages across the country, China has once again come forward to extend help in this difficult time.
A spokesperson of Chinese Foreign Ministry during a press briefing the other day announced that Beijing will provide an additional batch of emergency humanitarian assistance including twenty five thousand tents and other relief items and strive to deliver them as soon as possible.
The Red Cross Society of China will provide three hundred thousand dollars in cash to Pakistan Red Crescent Society.
This is in addition to the four thousand tents, fifty thousand blankets and fifty thousand tarpaulin supplies provided by China under CPEC social and livelihood cooperation framework.
The Chinese support is yet another manifestation of the strong bonds and friendship that exist between the two neighbourly countries.
Either it is difficult economic or the disaster situation, China has always been forthcoming and generously supported Pakistan.
The way China helped Pakistan in the floods of 2010 is still fresh in the minds of our people and most recently after the breakout of Covid-19, their vaccine donations really helped us effectively tackle the pandemic.
China has always been very close to the hearts of Pakistanis but the way they stood by us in difficult times have brought the peoples of both the countries further close to each other.
We are confident that this relationship will continue to flourish and achieve new heights in the months and years ahead.
As Pakistan is also organizing a donors conference for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affected people, it is important that the event is organizing after completing the homework and damage assessment in order to present a complete and true picture of the damage inflicted by the natural calamity.
Just like China, other capitals especially the developed ones have a special responsibility to come forward in a bigger manner.
Given the impact of climate change on Pakistan, their assistance should not confine to rehabilitation of the affected population but also helping the country build a climate resilient infrastructure to minimize the impact of such disasters on Pakistan in future.