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British MP asks UK govt to immediately increase flood aid for Pakistan

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  • Shadow Minister MP Preet Kaur Gill says it was a matter of huge concern that UK govt only pledged £1.5 million.
  • “I am concerned that this fails to address the scale of the devastation facing the country and its people,” she says.
  • She writes to UK govt Pakistan was victim of climate change and needed help.

LONDON: Britain’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development MP Preet Kaur Gill has called on the UK government to recognise the catastrophe currently engulfing Pakistan and increase aid to the nation from just £1.5 million.

In a letter to UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, the Labour MP said that it was a matter of huge concern that the UK government has only pledged £1.5 million in financial assistance to Pakistan in response to the immediate humanitarian crisis.

“I am concerned that this fails to address the scale of the devastation facing the country and its people. The United Nations has appealed for $160m, so the UK’s contribution to date is barely 1% of the total required to meet urgent humanitarian needs. As a close friend of the people of Pakistan, and with so many people across our country having close ties of family and friendship to the country, it is essential that the UK play its part and steps up to meet the scale of this challenge.

“What more is the UK government prepared to do to support the people of Pakistan at this incredibly challenging time? I strongly urge you to convene your international counterparts to coordinate and scale up a response proportionate to this crisis. The speed with which the humanitarian situation is evolving demands an equally swift response. There is no doubt that the unfolding disaster constitutes a climate catastrophe. Despite contributing less than 1% to global emissions, Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries on earth to climate change-related weather extremes. Pakistan has over 7,000 glaciers, more than anywhere else on earth outside the poles.”

The lawmaker for Birmingham Edgbaston reminded UK’s top diplomat that the floods triggered by unprecedented rains during the ongoing monsoon season are causing devastation across the country. One in seven Pakistanis are impacted, some 33 million people; over 1,000 people have died; over 287,000 homes have been destroyed; 719,000 livestock have died, and two million acres of cultivated crops have been wiped out.

She quoted Pakistan’s climate change minister as saying that a third of the country is now under water — an area roughly equivalent to the size of Great Britain. 

“The scale of this disaster is incomprehensible — yet the humanitarian situation is set to deteriorate even further as heavy rains continue over the coming days and weeks.

Flash floods and rain-induced landslides have been compounded by the inability of existing infrastructure to cope with the extraordinary amount of water, with nearly 3,500km of roads and 149 bridges already damaged so far. This is, in turn, impeding the ability of citizens to flee to safer areas and compromising the delivery of aid to those in need.”

MP Gill wrote to the UK government that Pakistan was a victim of climate change and needed help. S

“Once these glaciers melt, the devastation they could unleash would be irreversible. This must be a wake-up call. I have been deeply concerned by some of your comments in relation to climate action during the Conservative leadership contest. Delaying or withdrawing action on mitigation and adaptation, such as your government’s decision to cut £100 million in international climate finance in July, is an inexcusable abdication of leadership given what we know global warming will cause and what we can already see before our eyes. Climate change will be the defining issue of the 21st century, and it is therefore imperative that this government continues to honour its international climate finance commitments and leads from the front to galvanise global action in the run-up to the COP27 in November. I urge you to grasp the implications of this crisis, and I look forward to your swift and comprehensive response,” said the UK MP.

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Chief of the Brazilian Navy Visits JS Headquarters: CJCSC General Sahir Shamshad Mirza Greets Dignitary

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At Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, was called by Brazilian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Andre Luiz Silva Lima De Santana Mendes.

Maritime security, the developing security environment, and the improvement of security and defense cooperation between the two nations were among the bilateral topics that were covered during the discussion.

The dignitary in attendance expressed admiration for the professionalism exhibited by the Pakistan Armed Forces and praised the efforts made by both Pakistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces to combat terrorism.

Earlier, the visiting dignitary was given a “Guard of Honor” by a well-groomed Tri-Services contingent upon their arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters.

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SIFC Transforms Agriculture: PM Introduces $197 Million Solar Project for Balochistan Tubewells

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The Special Investment Facilitation Council and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have collaborated to present a significant project. The project is expected to cost more than 197 million dollars and will solarize 27,000 agricultural tubewells in Balochistan.

By reducing the agriculture sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and conventional electricity, this project seeks to advance sustainable energy practices.

The project aims to improve the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the sector by switching to solar energy.

Highlighting the project’s financial advantages, he said that Pakistan would be able to save as much as 2.7 million dollars in foreign exchange through the solarization of its tubewells.

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CDA Issues A Rain Alert Per Naqvi’s Order

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Capital Development Authority Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa has been instructed by Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi to oversee the completion of rainwater drainage in the Federal Capital.

The Interior Minister spoke with him and advised that officers and workers in question stay in the field until the procedure was finished, as well as that regular checks be made to ensure that water drains from low-lying regions.

To make sure that water drains at underpasses and other locations, he ordered routine surveillance of Islamabad’s streams, drains, and canals.

He asserted that in order to facilitate traffic flow, traffic police officers should carry out their tasks in a dynamic way.

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