ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the government of Pakistan is determined to make communities resilient, build the capacity of departments like the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and make Pakistan a prosperous and stronger Country.
“Today, we reaffirm our resolve to continue to invest our energies in this direction to make our future generations safer,” the president said in his message on the National Resilience Day being observed on Friday to mark the 16th anniversary of the devastating earthquake of 2005.
The 8th October is observed as the National Resilience Day in the Country to express solidarity with the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad who lost their near and dear ones in the October 2005 earthquake.
The catastrophic earthquake resulted in the loss of thousands of human lives, besides affecting the livelihoods of the people and damaging the health, education, and road infrastructure of the Country.
The president said that the day is also a reminder that we live in a region marked as highly vulnerable to natural disasters, and there is a strong need to strengthen and equip our departments and create awareness among the people about disaster prevention and preparedness.
President Arif Alvi said that over the years, Pakistan has witnessed multiple natural disasters in the form of earthquakes, landslides, and recent urban flooding which caused the loss of millions of dollars, not to mention the irreparable loss of lives.
The president said that the people of Pakistan have faced disasters with courage and resilience; however, there is a strong need for unrelenting efforts to boost our capabilities, understand the role of climate change and global warming in causing fires, heatwaves, floods, and cyclones.
The president further said that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government devised a wise strategy to effectively respond to the pandemic and contain it by enforcing the policy of smart-lockdowns and creating awareness among the people.
It is heartening to state that the international community widely acknowledged Pakistan’s strategy to overcome the pandemic, he said.