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August 20, 2010
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Saudi mission completes study of Balochistan flood-hit areas

Islamabad

August 20, 2010

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Islamabad
Saudi mission has completed the study of the worst situation of Balochistan areas, which have been hit by sudden floods lately and created enormous difficulties for good number of population in the province.
Acting Chairman Senate and former Chief Minister Balochistan Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali had an urgent meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Saleh bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer at his residence in the Diplomatic Enclave on Wednesday and briefed him about the situation.
The ambassador, who is perhaps only envoy in the federal capital who is on his toes physically for provision of assistance to the affected people, will be embarking upon for review and supply of items of immediate need of the affected people of Balochistan today (Thursday). The ambassador told the visiting leader from Balochistan that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has asked the Saudi mission in Islamabad to make assistance available to the every affected in each and nook of the devastated areas. He assured Jamali that the Kingdom would not leave behind in provision of the needed assistance for the people of his province.
In the meanwhile, acting Speaker of the National Assembly Faisal Karim Khan Kundi also had meeting with the ambassador separately and briefed him about the situation in his home province especially of Dera Ismail Khan. He told Ambassador Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer about the immediate requirement of the goods for the people of his province and town and asked for bulk supply of tents. The ambassador promised to look into the demand.
Saudi ambassador told The News after his meetings that Saudi support would reach to every one who was in dire need of it as the national campaign in the Kingdom is yielding admirably encouraging results. The Royal family and people of Saudi Arabia are generously contributing to help their disaster stricken brethren in Pakistan. The sentiments in Saudi Arabia are not new phenomenon but

ever-since Pakistan has come into being the two people have been caring for each other and their affection is ever increasing.
He revealed that the accumulated contribution from Saudi Arabia could touch the mark of one hundred thousand million rupees by the end of the month. The Saudi embassy has called off its traditional grand Iftar-dinner that is always attended by the head of the state, prime minister, leaders of political parties, services chiefs and eminent persons of the society across the country.
The mission has purchased 12000 bottles initially from the fund allocated for the grand Iftar-dinner to supply in the flood-affected areas. Special prayers for the victims and Pakistan have been initiated in the Haram at Makkah and all the mosques prayer leaders have been directed by the Royal authority to start offering the same prayers all-over the Kingdom, Ambassador Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer added. The sources told this scribe that the leadership in Pakistan was overwhelmed about the gestures and assistance provided by the Saudi King, Royal family and people at large at this critical time.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has invited Saudi ambassador today (Thursday evening) as special guest to express gratitude for the same and discuss with him the latest situation. He is expected to give a special message of thanks to the ambassador on the occasion. It is likely that Prime Minister Gilani may proceed to the Holy Land briefly to thank the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz for his generous help as soon the situation allows him for taking up the sojourn, the sources said.

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