Rawalpindi, 2 September 2022 (TDI): General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, received Doctor Christian Turner, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan.

The meeting between the two sides took place today at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. Discussions during the meeting included bilateral cooperation in a variety of industries, topics of shared interest, as well as the state of regional security.

The British High Commissioner extended his condolences over the destruction brought on by the devastating floods in the country. Moreover, he extended his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.

Additionally, along these lines, he pledged the UK’s assistance to the Pakistani people in their hour of need. Aside from that, Christian Turner also praised Pakistan for its efforts to maintain regional stability.

In the same vein, he went on to promise to play a part in fostering collaboration with Pakistan on all fronts. However, General Qamar Javed Bajwa on his part lauded the cooperation of the UK.

He also reaffirmed the importance of the help offered by the international allies of Pakistan in providing relief and rehabilitation for flood victims.

Floods in Pakistan

The recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan have impacted 33 million people. Around 1,000 people have died, and millions have lost their houses in Balochistan, Sindh, KP, Gilgit Baltistan, and (South) Punjab.

The worst floods in recent Pakistani history were brought on by torrential monsoon rains, which also washed away villages and left more than three million children in need of humanitarian aid and more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses, drowning, and hunger.

Numerous allies and international organizations have offered to work with the Pakistani government to help provide children and families with safe drinking water, life-saving medical equipment, therapeutic food supplies, and hygiene kits.

Additionally, many temporary learning facilities have been set up to assist with the mental wellness and protection of the flood affectees impacted by these terrible floods.

However, much more is required to make sure Pakistan gets assistance for all flood-displaced households in recovering from this climate catastrophe.