ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked US Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday for calling attention to the need to act quickly after massive floods in Pakistan.
“Thank you, President Joe Biden, for bringing attention to the plight of the flood victims in Pakistan and urging the world to act right away,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“My country is facing the destruction of floods that have never happened before.”
The prime minister said that international help needs to be paid attention to when women and children who are stuck need help.
In another tweet, he said that on the second day of the UN General Assembly, he talked with top officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank about making flood recovery funds available through the country’s existing programmes.
“When I met with other world leaders, we talked about floods, climate change, and helping flood victims get back on their feet,” he said.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with Antonio Guterres, who is the Secretary General of the United Nations. They talked about many different things.
The two leaders met on the side of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is going on right now.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with President of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday here. They talked about things that were important to both of them.
The meeting happened during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, according to the Media Wing of the Prime Minister’s Office.
In a tweet, the President of the EU wrote, “I told the Prime Minister of Pakistan, @CMShehbaz, that I was sorry for the people who were hurt by the terrible floods. @EU Commission is on your side. We will help the people of Pakistan with new humanitarian aid in the coming weeks.”
Also, on Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked Angelina Jolie, who is in Pakistan as a UN special envoy to show support for the people affected by the floods, for her “empathy and compassion.”
“Pakistan thanks Angelina Jolie, a special UN envoy, and other unsung heroes for speaking up for millions of people whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed by raging floodwaters,” he said in a tweet.
The prime minister said, “We will always remember their kindness and care for people who were suffering.”
Angelina Jolie, an actress from Hollywood, went to the areas that were hit by the floods and asked the rest of the world to do more to help the millions of people who are in trouble in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.
During her late-Wednesday visit to the National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC), Jolie said she had never seen a disaster like this one.
Mufti Menk, a well-known Islamic scholar, and the Turkish actor Celal Al also went to the areas of Pakistan that were hit by the floods and helped the families who had lost everything.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said that the government would subsidise the makers of Panadol and Paracetamol to make them cheaper for people to buy.
The prime minister was in charge of a Zoom meeting of the relevant government officials to check on the progress of flood relief and recovery efforts in areas of Pakistan that had been hit by floods.
In his speech, the prime minister said that he had met with the president of the World Bank and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund today and talked in depth about the floods in Pakistan. They said they were sorry for the deaths and promised to help and support Pakistan in any way they could, he said.
The prime minister said that he had warned that millions of poor children were not getting enough food and could get sick with things like diarrhoea.
Floods have caused a lot of damage, and the people of Pakistan don’t have enough money to deal with it on their own, he said. He asked the rest of the world, international organisations like the WB and IMF, and other friendly countries to help them and give the flood victims the relief they need.
Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, Prime Minister’s Advisor Ahad Cheema, and other high-level officers were at the meeting.
The prime minister is in New York right now to take part in the high-level general debate of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA77), which will take place from September 20 to September 26.
The prime minister looked at how food, tents, and medicines were being sent to the affected areas.
He told the people in charge to use all of their resources to get essential food, especially baby food, to the affected areas as quickly as possible.
The prime minister also took a look at how roads, rails, bridges, and other infrastructure were being fixed after they were damaged by the floods. He told the federal and provincial departments in charge of fixing them to speed up their work so that they could be used as soon as possible.
The prime minister also told Ahsan Iqbal that he was glad that the Islamabad High Court had found him not guilty in a NAB case.
The prime minister said it was good news and regretted that the previous government had gone after its opponents with witch hunts and tried to frame them in false cases in an awkward way.
Also, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will make his first appearance on the world stage on Friday when he speaks to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. He will talk about the huge damage caused by the deadly floods caused by climate change and ask for international help to deal with the disaster.
The Pakistani leader is the 12th person to speak in the 193-member Assembly’s high-level debate, which is in its fourth day and includes about 140 world leaders. This is the Assembly’s first meeting in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his meetings with his counterparts from other countries, Prime Minister Sharif has been telling them about the floods that have hit one-third of Pakistan and caused a lot of damage to people, buildings, animals, and crops.
“Pakistan is going through hard times, and the damage caused by floods, which is clear to everyone, needs serious attention,” he said in a video statement released on Wednesday.
Some world leaders have responded by making very emotional pleas for the rest of the world to help Pakistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who went to Pakistan to show support earlier this month, started the debate on Tuesday by telling world leaders that Pakistan is “not only drowning in floodwater, but also in debt.”
At a private meeting with world leaders on Wednesday to talk about climate change, the UN chief said, “We have all seen the horrible pictures from Pakistan. This is just at 1.2 degrees of global warming, and we are headed for over 3 degrees.”
And on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden told the General Assembly, “Pakistan is still underwater and needs help.”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, offered his condolences by saying, “We would like to call on the rest of the world to help the people of Pakistan during this most unfortunate and painful time.”
In the same way, a lot of other world leaders have talked about the floods in Pakistan.
After Guterres went to Pakistan, the UN sent out a “flash appeal” for $160 million to help Pakistan deal with the early stages of the disaster. So far, it has not been fully funded.
In his speech, the Prime Minister will also talk about how important it is to solve the Kashmir dispute, which is one of the oldest issues on the Security Council’s agenda, and restate Pakistan’s principled position on the matter.
This year’s UNGA is happening against a background of many different crises that are all connected to each other. Conflict, climate change, and COVID-19 have all made poverty, hunger, and inequality worse around the world, especially among the most vulnerable groups. — APP