Pakistan always stood side-by-side with Sri Lanka in time of need: Envoy

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has emphasized that Pakistan as in the past will continue its all-out support to Sri Lanka in the hour of need and stand side by side with them at all future times.

While addressing the officers and men of Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) Zulfiquar at Colombo Port on Friday, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra praised and thanked the great efforts of Pakistan Navy rescue, rehabilitation and medical teams, and said that visit of Pakistan Navy Ship Zulfiquar to Colombo has succeeded in meeting their mandate at providing all out support to the brotherly people and Government of Sri Lanka in order to overcome the after effects of recent floods and mudslides.

The acting high commissioner congratulated the officers and crew on this noble achievement under challenging circumstances.

Dr. Sipra expressed his deep pleasure on Pakistan navy’s pivotal role in strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two nations through Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations and mutual support.

Meanwhile after efficaciously completed its four-day rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations to allay the aftermath of recent floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka, PNS Zulfiquar left for Pakistan today.

Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra along with officials of the High Commission seen off the PNS Zulfiquar at Colombo Port.

During the course of PNS Zulfiquar’s stay in Sri Lanka, thousands of patients were treated; a large number of people were rescued and relief goods provided to them; 97 water wells were decontaminated, de-flooding activities were also carried out in highly swamped areas.