ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has assured the people of Pakistan as well as international community that the government is doing and will continue to do its best to take care of flood affected people by ensuring their timely rehabilitation, reconstruction and revival of economy.
In his message on the occasion of “National Resilience Day” being observed on Saturday, the prime minister said that the government is cognizant of Pakistan’s disaster vulnerability, climate change and its serious implications.
The prime minister said that the government is committed to capacity enhancement of disaster management system, undertaking necessary legislation on the subject, promotion of risk sensitive governance, building resilient infrastructure and above all promotion of adaptation.
With regard to the recent damages throughout the Country caused by torrential rains and floods, the prime minister said that we express our sincere gratitude for the solidarity and support extended by the international community to Pakistan. However, since the scale of catastrophe is very massive and water will take time to recede, he said.
Shahbaz Sharif said that waterborne diseases, malnutrition and a looming winter pose challenges that would need substantial and sustained support from Pakistani nation and government, as well as international community.
“I would take this opportunity to reiterate that what Pakistan is going through today in the form of worst disaster is not of its own making but is a result of Climate Change induced by Global Greenhouse Gas emissions, to which Pakistan contributes less than 1%,” he said.
Therefore, the prime minister added that, it is incumbent upon the international community to help Pakistan in rehabilitation and reconstruction for millions of flood-affected people, and also to play a judicious role to improve resilience and adaptability of the Pakistani nation.
The prime minister expressed the resolve that the people of Pakistan have faced disaster with courage and resilience, and together we shall succeed.