The Pakistani government dispatches another shipment of relief goods to Turkey

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has taken swift action in response to the devastating earthquake that has struck Turkey and Syria

A new consignment weighing 16.5 tons has been dispatched by NDMA to help the disaster-affected communities.


The consignment, which was dispatched on Friday, was aboard a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Boeing-777 and consisted of winterized tents designed to provide refuge to families who have been displaced as a result of the earthquake.


Federal Minister for Energy, Khurram Dastgir, Minister Safron Talha Mahmood, and State Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Senator Faisal Kareem Kundi attended the departure ceremony. During the event, the ministers expressed their condolences for the loss of lives and noted that Pakistan is eager to reciprocate the support that Turkey has extended to the country during times of difficulty.

On the orders of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, three flights carrying relief goods have been dispatched to Turkey. It was the Prime Minister himself who dispatched the first flight from the Lahore International Airport using a Turkish Military Aircraft (A 400). Another flight, arranged through a PAF IL-78, will be seen off by Chairman NDMA, Lt Gen Inam Haider Malik from the Lahore Airport.

There have already been dispatches of relief goods by the NDMA along with Army and Rescue 1122 teams to Turkey, and further assistance is expected to be provided via airlift, road, and marine routes in the coming days. The NDMA chief has emphasized the need to provide ongoing support to those in Turkey and Syria who have been affected by the earthquake.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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