So far, Rs417 million has been donated to the Army’s flood relief fund

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On Saturday, Major General Babar Iftikhar, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR), announced that a total of Rs417 million had been donated to the Army Flood Relief Fund to help those affected by the floods, with an additional Rs44 million having been donated in the last 24 hours alone. The Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) briefed the media on the Pakistan Army’s relief and rescue efforts in flood-stricken areas during a joint press briefing with Federal Minister for planning Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Akhter Nawaz, and National Coordinator of the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC). Major General Babar Iftikhar stated that the Armed Forces have been working around the clock in the afflicted areas to assist their fellow citizens for the past two months, ever since the crisis caused by the recent monsoon rains began.

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He claimed that serving the people of Pakistan was a “holy obligation” for all soldiers and officers in the Pakistani military. He went on to say, “This was the mindset with which Lieutenant General Sarfaraz Ali, Major General Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major Muhammad Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz assisted their flood-affected brothers and sisters in the Lasbela (Winder) area of Balochistan last month and embraced martyrdom in a helicopter accident during the relief activities.” He told the media that the Army Chief had given special instructions in this regard, and that the Corps Commanders Conference held in July and August had also resolved to aid the victims of the floods in any way possible.

According to the Army Chief’s orders, the military would stand behind the people “no matter how much time and effort it takes” throughout this crisis. It was established at the Army level, he said, with the Commander of the Army Air Defense Command serving as the National Coordinator of the National Flood Response and Coordination Centre. Together with the Civil Administration, the Disaster Management Authority, and other welfare agencies, the Pakistan Army is acting under a comprehensive approach known as the Relief, Rescue, and Rehabilitation (RRR) Strategy. According to General Babar, the Army Chief has inspected the current relief operations in the flood-stricken provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Punjab.

However, he emphasized that the entire Pakistan Army, including senior commanders, was present in flood-stricken areas and actively working on relief efforts. He added, “So far 276 helicopter sorties have been flown in various places.” The helicopters of Pakistan Army Aviation were constantly engaged in rescue and relief work in the afflicted areas. Pilots from Pakistan Army Aviation braved dangerous conditions to save lives and make sure civilians had access to relief supplies.

He claimed that the Pakistani military quickly contacted residents in Kumrat and Kalam who were stranded in various locations due to the flooding and relocated them to higher ground. He emphasized that people living in disaster-prone areas should call the KP hotline 1125 in the event of an emergency, while those in other provinces should dial the Army helpline 1135.

He stated that at this time there were 147 relief camps set up by the Pakistani military all over the country, where aid was being provided to more than 50,000 victims, and 250 medical camps set up by the military, where over 83,000 people have received free medical care. “In addition to this, the military has dispatched more medical and engineering resources to Sindh. The army has provided 25,000 Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) and 1,685 tons of 3-day rations to flood victims, in addition to a large quantity of 8-person and 4-person tents.

In addition, 284 Flood Relief Collection Points have been set up in various cities and towns across the country. He also noted that the people of Pakistan had deposited 2,294 tons of rations, 311 tons of essentials, and 1.07 million medicines at these Relief Collection Points.

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