Islamabad, 15 November 2023 (TDI): Chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari, paid a visit to the Malaysian Embassy in Islamabad, engaging in a substantial meeting with Mohammad Azhar Mazlan, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan.

The focal point of the discussions centered on the robust relationship between Pakistan and Malaysia, characterized by mutual affection and shared commitment. High Commissioner Mohammad Azhar Mazlan commended PRCS for its praiseworthy efforts during emergencies and disasters.

Acknowledging the Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s proactive involvement in addressing natural disasters, Malaysian High Commissioner Mohammad Azhar Mazlan expressed gratitude for the organization’s initiatives during the devastating floods in Pakistan the previous year.

He mentioned the collaborative efforts between Malaysia and Malaysian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Mercy Malaysia and Yayasan Taqwa Malaysia to aid families affected by the monsoon floods in Pakistan during that period.

While recognizing the dire situation, Chairman Laghari underscored the importance of collaboration, emphasizing its necessity not only during disasters but also in peacetime to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable communities in the country.

PRCS Chairman briefed the Malaysian High Commissioner about his interactions with Malaysian delegates during the Movement Induction Course organized by the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Malaysia last year.

During the course, he emphasized the need to strengthen relations between both National Societies for future joint humanitarian collaborations and ventures. Chairman Laghari highlighted PRCS’s rehabilitation efforts, including the construction of permanent shelter houses and the installation of solarized water filtration plants in the affected areas of the country following last year’s devastating floods.

He proposed collaboration between PRCS and Malaysia on various healthcare and community-based initiatives. The Malaysian High Commissioner conveyed his intention to engage with the Malaysian government to explore humanitarian endeavors through strengthening collaboration and coordination among the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, the Malaysian Red Crescent Society, and the mentioned non-governmental organizations.

The PRCS Chairman extended an invitation to the High Commissioner of Malaysia to visit field areas in Sindh and Balochistan, offering an opportunity to witness PRCS programs and projects, and invited him to visit the PRCS National Headquarters.

As the meeting concluded, Chairman Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari presented a memento to High Commissioner Mohammad Azhar Mazlan, symbolizing the enduring partnership between the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and the Malaysian Embassy. Both dignitaries expressed their dedication to further strengthening the bonds that unite the two nations.