The Prime Minister directed that all aid to the affected regions should be coordinated through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to ensure that the response is well-organized and of high quality.
The event was attended by a number of humanitarian organizations, including Edhi, Saylani, and Al-Khidmat Foundation, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, PM’s Special Assistant Syed Tariq Fatemi, ambassadors of Pakistan to Turkey and Syria, as well as other high officials.
The Prime Minister applauded the humanitarian efforts made by Pakistani organisations in helping those in need in Turkey and Syria. He also emphasised the need for the aid sent to the areas to be in line with the needs of the earthquake victims.
A subcommittee led by the minister of planning was established to aid in the relief efforts. The committee will be in charge of communicating real-time information to humanitarian organisations and the government regarding the delivery of aid supplies. This would make sure that aid is delivered in an orderly and effective manner to the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.
Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik, the NDMA chairman, informed the gathering of the assistance provided by NDMA to the affected areas. He added that, in accordance with the previous instruction from the Prime Minister, the price and preparation time for winterized tents were determined in discussion with the tent manufacturing industries.
The Pakistani government will send 100,000 winterized tents to Turkey by the end of next month, which are being prepared under the guidance of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).
The meeting was also briefed on the relief consignments sent to the affected regions, including tents, medicines, edible items, blankets, and warm clothing. Medical teams were also dispatched to the affected areas.
In appreciation of the charitable organizations’ efforts, the Prime Minister directed NDMA to maintain constant coordination with them. He also directed for further strengthening of the supply chain for relief items and asked for a comprehensive mechanism to be submitted next month.
As a result of the meeting, the need for organized, efficient, and high quality relief aid to the earthquake-affected individuals in Turkey and Syria was emphasized. To achieve this goal, the subcommittee formed will ensure effective coordination between government and humanitarian organizations.