A Saudi relief airlift consisting of two planes, carrying urgent humanitarian assistance for flood victims of Pakistan, landed in Karachi on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning respectively.
The first consignment of aid, by KSrelief (King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center), departed from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Tuesday and was received at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi by key officials of the government, including Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, Saudi Consul General in Karachi Bandar Fahad A A. Al Dayel, Pakistani minister for labor Saeed Ghani and other officials of the foreign ministry and Pak Army.
According to Saudi Ambassador Al-Malki, additional aid flights from Saudi Arabia would arrive on Wednesday.
“First stage was urgent support, the second was to start an air bridge of humanitarian support and at the third stage, a national campaign has been kicked off for the support of our Pakistani brothers,” he said while talking to a media group.
Al-Malki said that the kingdom would evaluate the flooding damages through KSrelief. Hundreds of trucks loaded with aid, he added, would be sent to flood-struck areas through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) next Monday.
“We are proud as the Muslim country and leader of the Ummah to [lend] our support to brother Pakistan.” He stated.
In his response, Saeed Ghani, the Provincial Minister expressed his gratitude towards the Saudi government along with King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan.
“Saudi Arabia has [always] proved in all testing time that it is a brotherly country,” he said. ““Most importantly, the Saudi government has committed to supporting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas and I think this is big support that the Pakistani people need from the brotherly country,”
Ten Relief Airlifts to be provided
Earlier at the launch of the first KS relief consignment, Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, advisor to the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) noted that a total of ten relief airlifts will be sent to Pakistan which will support more than 19,000 flood-affectees.
“At least ten airlift relief planes will be sent within the coming days.” He said, “The convoy is carrying shelter, food, and medical aid which will be distributed in affected areas.”