LONDON: A charity dinner organized by the UK chapter of PML-N raised an estimated 70,000 pounds here last night. Speaking as a chief guest at the event held in Goodmayes, East London, British Parliamentarian Lord Nazir Ahmed praised the generosity of the British public including the Pakistani Diaspora for contributing liberally to Pakistan flood appeal.
Lord Ahmed said ever since the floods struck Pakistan, the UK-based Pakistani community had been in fore front of fund raising drive and have left no stone unturned to help their brethrens in distress both financially and materially. He also praised Pakistan Army in its efforts in providing timely help to rescue people caught by the natural calamity and said the country’s armed forces are still engaged in providing relief and succour to the flood affectees.
Lord Ahmed who recently visited flood hit areas in Pakistan also lauded the endeavours of the various charities engaged in relief and rehabilitation work. He disclosed that on being approached by Bishops and Pastors Council of Pakistan, he sent them Rs.65,000 provided by local charities for transporting doctors and Para medical staff to villages inhabited by the Christian community in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to fight water borne diseases and other ailments.
The member of House of Lords suggested construction of at least four dams as well as reservoirs to regulate flood waters and meet long term water requirement for agriculture in Pakistan. He also condemned attack on members of Pakistani media by supporters of retired General Pervez Musharraf at his public meeting in Manchester and said the ex-President must learn to tolerate criticism now that he has announced to enter politics.
Zubair Gul, Chief, PML-N, UK who hosted the event, said he had been instructed by party leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif to launch funds raising drive in Britain for Pakistan flood victims. Gul said he has been given a target of one million pounds to collect and judging by donations at this evening’s dinner he is confident that he will achieve the required objective.
He further said he will visit other towns and cities of the UK with large Pakistani settlers for funds rising. Gul further said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is working hard to re-settle the displaced persons and has also announced to construct model villages in the flood hit areas of the Province.
Barrister Abid Hussein said the real task to rehabilitate the uprooted people has now started. To achieve this objective and help these people resume their normal lives, he said lot of funds is required.
Hussein said the British people had been very generous and have dug deep in their pockets to donate to Pakistan flood appeal. He was confident that the funds collected by PML-N would be utilized in a transparent manner to re-settle the uprooted people at the earliest.-SANA