• Wednesday, March 22, 2023


Pakistan gave relief goods, which Turkey had sent after 2022 floods, back to Ankara as quake aid, says journalist

Pakistani prime minister Shehbaz Sharif (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

A journalist from Pakistan has said that the aid that Islamabad dispatched to earthquake-devastated Turkey was nothing but the same aid that the latter had sent to the south Asian country during its devastating floods in 2022.

Recently, Pakistan, which is coping with financial hardships, sent C-130 aircraft with relief supplies and search and rescue teams to Turkey which was rocked by a series of earthquakes on February 6, along with Syria, killing several thousands.

According to journalist Shahid Masood, Ankara received the same aid it had sent to Islamabad during last year’s floods. He made the explosive claim on Pakistan’s GNN news channel.

He alleged that Pakistan repackaged the same relief materials and sent them back to Turkey in the name of quake relief.

The allegation comes just days after Pakistani prime minister Shehbaz Sharif made a two-day visit to Turkey to express solidarity with the disaster-hit nation, which is known to be close to Islamabad on the international stage.

Sharif has also been personally monitoring Pakistan’s relief and rescue operations in Turkey.

Over 45,000 people have been killed in the earthquake and the toll is expected to shoot up given some 264,000 housing apartments have crumbled and many people are still unaccounted for.

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