Pak in dilemma on Indian aid offer
Pakistan seems to be unsure about how to respond to India’s offer of the five million dollar assistance for disaster relief efforts in flood-stricken country.
Islamabad: Pakistan seems to be unsure about how to respond to India’s offer of the five million dollar assistance for disaster relief efforts in flood-stricken country.
Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had made the offer in a telephonic conversation with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Krishna described the offer as a “gesture of solidarity with the people of Pakistan in their hour of need”, a statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had said.
A statement by the Pakistan Foreign Office did not mention the Indian aid offer, but sources indicated that it was being considered.
“We have not rejected the offer outright and a decision would be made soon,” The Dawn quoted a senior official, as saying.
Over 1,600 people have been killed and 15 million affected as raging floodwaters continue to wreak havoc in the country.
In addition to causing major human loses, it has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, washed away crops and livestock.
Relief and rescue work has been hit badly by continuous rains, particularly in the north western region.
The United Nations says that Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from the deluge, which is being described as the worst in the last 80 years.