PM pens letter to Australian counterpart offering assistance on bush fires

By Syed Umarullah Hussaini - Web Editor

14th January, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote penned a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, expressed grief over the loss of lives and environmental damage following bush fires.

The letter stated, “The people of Pakistan deeply saddened over the loss of precious lives and large-scale material damage caused by the bush fires in Australia.”

“On behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan, and on my own behalf, I would like to offer our profound sympathies and prayers for the people of Australia.”

“We have no doubt that the Australian people will overcome this calamity with strength and resilience,” the letter read.

“The premier with particular emphasis to measures for the climate change added: “I have, time and again, described climate change as one of the defining issues of our time.”

“The challenge cannot met by any one country alone.”

“I am sure this crisis will also create the opportunity for greater international collaboration to reinforce the imperative of collective solutions.”

PM Imran extended assistance to Australia in extinguishing the bushfires, and further added, “Keeping in view our close friendly ties and deep-rooted historical connections, I would like to convey our readiness to assist in any manner possible.”

COAS Offers Assistance

Earlier, Chief of Armed Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has offered Australia’s Chief of Defence Force General Angus John Campbell of any assistance in tackling the bush fires in Australia.

COAS General Bajwa called on Australian vice Chief of Defence Forces, Vice Admiral David Johnston at General Head Quarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi today.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest and regional security discussed.

The visiting dignitary appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in ensuring peace and stability in the region and thanked the Army Chief for sentiments towards Australia.

Australia Bush Fire sparked emergency in New South Wales in Australia, as bush fires crisis expected to be aggravated due to record-breaking heatwave.

The fires in Australia began in September last year which has destroyed more than 1,300 homes.

Many parts of Australia have been n drought conditions, some for years, which have made it easier for the fires to spread and grow.

Meteorologists say a climate system in the Indian Ocean, known as the dipole, is the main driver behind the extreme heat in Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Morrison badly panned for his management of the bush fires.

He is facing persistent accusations of being absent, as he took a holiday to Hawaii, and underplaying the role of climate change.

Earlier this year, The Amazon, world’s most biodiverse rainforest, was burning at a rate not seen in almost a decade.

It decried as a global tragedy.

Lit by farmers, the fires raged through villages, destroyed ecosystems and pumped climate-warming pollution into the atmosphere.

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