Arabia provided 20 million during the 2005 deadly earthquake and 170 million

Arabia provided 20 million during the 2005 deadly

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Arabia provided $20 million during the 2005 deadly earthquake and $170 million during the worst flood of 2010 in Pakistan. In 2014, Pakistan faced economic crisis and Saudi Arabia granted $1.5 billion and helped stabilise Pakistan’s fragile economy. Prime Minister Khan inherited an economically weak Pakistan and he needed immediate funds to run his government. Khan preferred seeking help from Saudi Arabia which provided “$6 billion bailout package” for Pakistan’s fragile economy. Saudi Arabia is setting up Oil Refinery at Gwadar Sea Port ‘at a cost of $10 billion. Blossoming and emerging relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would make and mark a new history between the two strong Muslim countries. The writer is Assistant Professor, IIUI, Islamabad. Source: - relations/
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September 2019 Buy CSS Books Online as Cash on Delivery | Call/SMS 03336042057 Page 42 Earthquake Crisis | Editorial THE earthquake in northern Punjab and parts of Azad Kashmir has brought with it bitter memories from the 2005 catastrophe that claimed almost 75,000 lives. So far, some 40 people have been reported dead in Tuesday’s quake while over 500 have been injured. Cellular network services remained suspended in many places, preventing a more accurate assessment. While rescue efforts this time were quicker and better than before perhaps owing to the smaller scale of destruction the loss of life could have been averted had the authorities put to use the lessons learnt from the 2005 tremor. The statement given by the National Disaster Management Authority chairman shortly after the quake speaks volumes for the state’s apathy when disaster strikes. Responding to a question, the NDMA chairman said aftershocks could not be ruled out, but the situation was ‘nothing serious’ since there were several fault lines in the country. Considering that the affected area of New Mirpur lies on the active Samwal- Jharik Kass fault line, which, experts say, was also activated in the 2005 earthquake, this statement is simply absurd and insensitive, and the people who lost their homes and loved ones would disagree with it. The quake was the second major one to have hit the area that lies in seismic zone 4 (the most at risk) in two decades. The devastation of the 2005 earthquake should have made a deep impact on how the government views and deals with natural disasters, but unfortunately, we do not seem to be any wiser. The fact that an earthquake preparedness strategy approved by the Planning Commission in 2007 has been lying in cold storage is evidence of this lackadaisical approach. In terms of geographical location, Pakistan is more prone than many other countries to natural disasters, the incidence of which has drastically increased owing to global warming.
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