LAHORE: German Ambassador Alfred Grannas in a meeting with Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi on Tuesday expressed a desire to promote cooperation with the Punjab government in various fields. “We want accelerated steps to expand bilateral cooperation,” the German diplomat said. He also expressed his regrets for the loss of life and property due to the rains and floods.
German Embassy First Secretary Dorota Magdalena Berezicki, Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, former CM GM Principal Secretary Sikandar and others were also present. Issues of mutual interest, bilateral relations and growing cooperation in various fields were discussed. It was agreed to increase cooperation in the areas of education, health and water storage. Germany has expressed willingness to provide technical assistance to the Punjab government regarding water storage.
The CM briefed the German diplomat on the flood disaster and rehabilitation activities. He added that Pakistan has been severely affected by the effects of climate change. It is not possible to describe the destruction caused by the floods in different parts of Pakistan, including the southern districts of Punjab. This is a daunting challenge that all nations must immediately address by adopting a common plan of action, he stressed.
The CM noted that a special package has been formulated to rehabilitate the affected people and affirmed that the international community should fully support Pakistan in this hour of testing. ‘I started the Koh-e-Sulaiman hill stream water channeling program in 2002 in my previous term; unfortunately, the next government ended this beneficial program. Now we are channeling the water again and building small dams,” he added. The CM argued that dams are necessary in Pakistan to prevent precious water from being lost to the sea. A good network of dams would have saved Pakistan from such devastation in addition to storing rainwater for future needs. .
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