Islamabad, October 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): On the 8th October each year, we come together to show our solidarity and compassion for families who have endured the devastating effects of unprecedented natural disasters. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the catastrophic earthquake in 2005 that brought widespread destruction to Azad Jammu and Kashmir, parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and Islamabad Capital Territory. On this occasion, we reaffirm our commitment to enhance our national preparedness and strengthening our resilience in the face of disasters.
Last year during Monsoon season, devastating floods had again jolted Pakistan and surpassed all previous records. It is disheartening to note that Pakistan's contribution to climate change is minimal, yet we find ourselves among its primary victims. Despite enduring multiple mega-scale disasters since 2005, the people of Pakistan have consistently displayed courage, selflessness, a spirit of sacrifice, and resilience in the face of adversity. The designation of this day as "National Resilience Day" serves as an opportunity for introspection and underscores our commitment to better prepare for future challenges.
National Resilience Day prompts us to embrace best practices and implement policies and strategies aimed at fortifying our nation's resilience. Our policy initiatives should encompass various sectors, including the resilient and safe development of infrastructure, improved disaster preparedness, poverty alleviation, safer spatial land use planning, adherence to building codes, efficient water resource management, sound agricultural practices, and increased afforestation nationwide, including coastal areas.
Given our vulnerabilities, I urge all federal and provincial stakeholders to collaborate closely to reduce disaster risks, enhance preparedness, and establish swift response mechanisms through usage of latest technological tools. It is of utmost importance that we prioritize the welfare of vulnerable segments of our society including women, children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities in all our endeavours.
On this occasion, I express our gratitude for the invaluable support and assistance provided by the international community, civil society, and private philanthropy in bolstering our national response efforts during the recent mega flood disaster. I also call upon the international community to extend their utmost support to Pakistan in mitigating the adverse impacts of the climate change phenomenon that affects it disproportionately.
We have, as a nation, witnessed the relentless force of nature through earthquakes, floods, cyclones, and other calamities. These events have tested our resolve, but they have also illuminated the remarkable spirit of unity, compassion, and resilience that defines us as a unified nation. I firmly believe that, as we have done in the past, the people of Pakistan will continue to show their generosity by assisting their fellow citizens struck by disasters through their contributions and tireless efforts. May Allah guide and help us in building a strong and resilient Pakistan.
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