Pakistan to send two C-130 aircrafts to Iran with flood relief goods

IRNA – As per the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan is going to send two C-130 aircrafts to Iran carrying relief goods for flood-stricken people.

According to Pakistan’s foreign ministry statement, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to convey the grief of the government and people of Pakistan on the situation created by unprecedented flash floods in Iran, and leading to loss of valuable lives and property in the brotherly country.

“Foreign Minister informed Mr. Zarif that as a gesture of goodwill the Prime Minister had instructed two C-130 plane loads of relief goods to be sent immediately to Iran (Ahvaz and Khorramabad),” it added.

The statement said the relief assistance by Pakistan would aim at meeting some of the urgent needs of the flood-affected population in Iran.

Foreign Minister Qureshi reassured Mr. Zarif that Pakistan stood by its Iranian brothers and sisters in the difficult hour and would provide support required by Iran to address the humanitarian crisis.

He expressed heartfelt condolences and prayed for over 70 people who have lost their lives due to this natural disaster.

The statement said Mr. Javad Zarif thanked Mr. Qureshi adding that Pakistan and Iran were bonded in close historic linkages and that the people of both countries have always stood by each other at difficult moments feeling and sharing the mutual pains.

Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan had, in a tweet, said that Pakistan was ready to provide any required humanitarian assistance to Iran.

Unprecedented heavy rains caused floods in various parts of Iran over past two weeks. Scores of people were killed and 478 others were injured while a large number of people were displaced across Iran.

The disaster coincided with the high season of Iranians’ trips as they were spending the national two-week holidays of Nowruz.