Pakistan backs reconciliation process in Afghanistan, peace talks in Qatar: Aizaz Chaudhry
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has said Pakistan backs reconciliation process in Afghanistan and will support peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban in Qatar.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Sunday, he said peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region and Pakistan is desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Secretary said Pakistanis at home and abroad are sending the contributions to Prime Minister’s relief fund for the quake affectees of Nepal.
He said Pakistan was the first country which immediately responded to the call of help by the Nepalese authorities on the special directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the devastating earthquake.
He said Nepal’s Embassy in Islamabad has also played an effective role in coordinating relief efforts for the quake affectees.
Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry said initial relief consignments including tents, medicines and food items have already been sent to Kathmandu through six C-130s flights.
He said a 30-bed mobile hospital of Pakistan with 50 doctors is also working in Kathmandu.
Aizaz Chaudhry said Pakistan Army’s special teams also closely coordinated in the search and relief operations in quake hit areas of Nepal.
The Foreign Secretary said Nepalese Chief of Army Staff has lauded Pakistan relief operations.
Also present on this occasion, Nepalese Ambassador to Pakistan said they are grateful to the Government and people of Pakistan for generous support extended by Pakistan at this difficult time.
He said thirty five districts of Nepal have badly been hit by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake, killing over six thousand people and injuring fourteen thousand others.
The Nepalese envoy said forty one thousand houses have been completely destroyed while one hundred and fifty thousand partly damaged.
He said three hundred fifty thousand people are in dire need of immediate relief across Nepal.