We send our prayers for Kerala, ready to help if needed: Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Amid row over foreign donation for Kerala flood relief, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday tweeted supporting the flood-hit Indian state.
‘On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we send our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India,’ Khan tweeted.
‘We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed,’ he further added.
On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we send our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India. We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 23, 2018
The tweet comes a day after the Narendra Modi government rejected the Rs 700-crore grant offered by the United Arab Emirates.
A number of countries have announced assistance for flood relief operations in Kerala. While the UAE offered $100 million (around Rs 700 crore), Qatar has pledged around Rs 35 crore and Maldives has announced a donation of USD 50,000 (Rs 35 lakh).
However, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Wednesday had said that India will not accept any assistance from foreign governments for flood-hit Kerala in sync with an existing policy.
He said the government was committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation in Kerala through domestic efforts.
Meanwhile, the Union home ministry said during the floods in Kerala, the Centre has provided urgent aid and relief material in a timely manner and without any reservation.
The situation has been regularly monitored by the Prime Minister on daily basis and he visited the state on August 17-18, 2018. On his instructions, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary, regularly monitored and coordinated rescue and relief operations by holding daily meetings from Aug 16-21, 2018.
Following the decisions taken during these meetings, the Centre launched massive rescue and relief operations. In one of the largest rescue operations, 40 helicopters, 31 aircraft, 182 teams for rescue, 18 medical teams of defence forces, 58 teams of NDRF, 7 companies of Central Armed Police Forces were pressed into service along with over 500 boats and necessary rescue equipments.