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PM Directs to Expedite Funds Collection for Quake-Hit Turkey-Syria

According to ARY News, on Sunday, Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the relevant authorities to speed up the fund-raising drive for the earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey. Prime Minister presided over a meeting to assess Pakistan’s ongoing humanitarian efforts to aid the earthquake-affected people of Turkey and Syria.

Meeting Summary

The prime minister announced that Pakistan would keep sending aid to help its Syrian and Turkish compatriots who have been devastated by earthquake. He declared that the money set up for Turkey’s earthquake victims would also be used to aid Syrian earthquake sufferers.

Sharif also added that Pakistan was not only using the air bridge but also assuring delivery of relief assistance by land and sea routes, and he further asked the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to purchase the necessary supplies, bearing in mind the needs of the earthquake victims.

The prime minister gave the minister of planning instructions to get in touch with educational institutions to launch a planned fund-raising effort. Additionally, he requested that the ministry of religious affairs should work with the ulema to raise awareness among the clergy.

On this occasion, the prime minister commended the officials, institutions, and workers who have been working to provide aid to the earthquake victims. He noted that a significant portion of the rescue efforts are being carried out by Pakistani rescuers.


What was included in the Aid?

The prime minister was informed at the meeting that Turkey was receiving relief supplies, including winterized tents, blankets, comforters, and warm clothing, and that a sizable portion of this consignment has been transferred through air bridge.

These things had left for the two countries in a convoy of 21 trucks the day before. 1600 tons of food would be sent by land and sea channels to Turkey and Syria in the coming days.

The meeting was also informed that the donations of relief supplies had begun at the NDMA drop-off locations. In contrast to the 14,000 tents that would be delivered in the following week and more than 42,000 blankets that would be part of the relief effort, Pakistan is immediately delivering more than 11,000 winterized tents to the earthquake victims.

The prime minister was also informed about the situation in the earthquake-stricken areas and the needs of the afflicted people by Pakistan’s ambassadors to Turkey and Syria. The prime minister gave them instructions to keep in touch with their respective administrations in Syria and Turkey.

Pakistan Sends a 10 Member Medical Mission to Turkey

A 10-person medical team from Pakistan left earlier in the day for Turkey, which was damaged by the earthquake, to assist with continuing the relief efforts there. A separate 10-person medical team from PIMS has already travelled to Turkey with the required meds, while a 10-person doctor team will leave for Syria this evening.

Turkey has always offered assistance. According to Abdul Qadir Patel, the health minister for Pakistan. Pakistan will not abandon Turkey during this difficult moment and will offer all assistance that it can.


On the orders of COAS, General Asim Munir, Pakistan Army continents are already conducting relief and rescue operations in Turkey, and Islamabad has sent over 200 tons of relief supplies to aid the Turkish brothers and sisters.

Death Toll

More than 23,700 deaths were confirmed in southern Turkey and northwest Syria four days after the earthquake, which was the deadliest in the region in twenty years.

Four days after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 23,000 people in Turkey and Syria, emergency personnel had accomplished a number of remarkable rescues in Turkey on Friday.

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Relief Fund

The formation of a relief fund for more than 3,000 people who have been affected by the terrible earthquake in Turkey was ordered by the Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif.

Following a series of powerful tremors close to the Turkey-Syria border, the number of confirmed fatalities in the two countries has risen past 5,000. The strongest of these tremors reached a huge 7.8 on the Richter scale.

The government will contribute one month’s pay to the fund, according to a tweet from Information Minister, Maryam Aurangzeb. She added that the premier has urged benefactors to offer assistance.


In these times of despair, people and government of Pakistan is trying hard to help the Turkish and Syrian victims. We are trying to aid them in every way possible hence in this regard, Prime Minister of Pakistan has ordered the relevant authorities to speed up the fund-raising drive for the earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey.

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