Gilani in Tehran: Iran to give $100 million for flood affected in Sindh

Published: September 11, 2011
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Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani being received by Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Muhamad Najar at Mehrabad International Airport. PHOTO: APP

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani being received by Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Muhamad Najar at Mehrabad International Airport. PHOTO: APP

TEHRAN: Interior Minister of Iran Mostafa Mohammad Najar on Sunday said Iran will donate $ 100 million for the rehabilitation of the rain affected people of Sindh, while receiving Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in Tehran.

The Interior Minister told the Prime Minister that he would go to Pakistan within a week along with a planeload of relief goods for the rain affected people of Pakistan.

He said Iran will donate $100 million which he will announce during his visit to Pakistan for the rehabilitation of the rain victims in brotherly country of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister thanked the government and people of Iran for their generous assistance and for feeling suffering of the people of Pakistan.

He said the prompt and generous assistance for the people of Pakistan is manifestation of sentiments of the government and people of Iran.

The Prime Minister said during the visit of the Interior Minister of Iran he would ask Pakistan’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance to hold meetings with him on the pending Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with a view to make substantive progress on various issues to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

The Prime Minister said talks between Pakistan and Iran will focus on drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism. The Prime Minister referred to the recent visit of the Iranian Foreign Minister to Pakistan and his meetings on wide ranging issues.

During the meetings, the two sides reached understanding to expedite work on the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, import of 1000 megawatts of electricity from Iran to Pakistan and setting up of an investment fund to encourage private sector and provision of financial institutional regime to facilitate business community of respective countries to undertake investment without much interference at the bureaucratic level.

The Prime Minister while responding to the sentiments of the Iranian Interior Minister said that he considered Iran as his second home because his ancestors belonged to Gilan province which he intends to visit.

“It is like home coming,” the Prime Minister said.

Earlier in the week, Pakistan had turned down an offer from Iran to fund the Pakistan part of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline citing international sanctions on Iran.

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  • Abdul Halim Shah
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Please use that money wisely and help those poor and innocent people who are suffering in the wake of this natural disaster. Don’t use it to fill your pockets or train insurgents like Afghan taliban to kill more innocent people in Afghanistan.

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  • Aadersh
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:37PM

    long Live Pak-Iran Friendship..

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  • Mirza
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:42PM

    Iran is a tiny economy compared to China. What is the ratio of their GDP vs China? However, it is a generous gift for the poor people who are the victim of floods. Action speaks louder than empty words. I wonder if Sind had many madrasas then the Saudis and UAE would be rushing for help! Now that Iran has set and example, the other “brothers” would follow. The aid must come in the form of goods and spent on the people it is intended for.

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  • Incredible
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:46PM

    True friends: China first country to offer flood aid: US$4.70 million

    Iran to give $100 million for flood affected in Sindh: a brotherly neighbor.

    In near future: USA gives US500 million + materials: Pakistanis enemy # 1.

    Pakistan politicians give US$ 0.00 million: I am a politician, I only take.

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  • Rock
    Sep 11, 2011 - 11:47PM

    Message is clear just protect shias we will give much more than china.

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  • Rubab A. Zaidi
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:09AM

    Pak-Iran friendship , way to go!!!!

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  • ABC
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:24AM

    IRAN loves us more than Chinese do .. 100M Vs 47.9M

    Iran not true friend?

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  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:25AM

    woot woot woot! :O
    CHINA – $4.7m
    IRAN – $100m ? * jaws open *

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  • ABC
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:26AM

    Oops .. My mistake 4.7M NOT 47.9M from the TRUE Friend!!!

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  • Anuj
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:34AM

    China got true friend title for $4.7 million, i dont know what Iran would become with $100 million……or may be china will lose this title….

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  • malikimran
    Sep 12, 2011 - 1:00AM

    Iran, KSA, China, Turkey and UAE are the true friends of Pakistan. Regardless of this thing if they give us aid or not. USA is master of Pakistani governments. Agree?

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  • Praises
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:08AM

    Praises well deserved. Good job!!

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  • MJaved
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:14AM

    And now I wonder whose pockets this “aid” will end up in……

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  • Praises
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:21AM

    When it comes to foreign relations and trade, there is no doubt, Gilani and Zardari team are doing a great job!!!

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  • Ali
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:35AM

    China Embassy gave 4 million dollars. Dont judge country on its donations. China will give more
    but appreciate this step by iran

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  • XYZ
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:47AM

    Pakistan should have TRUE, TRUER, TRUEST FRIEND auction every year and check out friends!!!

    Plus the millions aid

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  • Saad
    Sep 12, 2011 - 2:59AM

    did we really need this aid from other countries?

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  • Sep 12, 2011 - 3:14AM

    Perhaps Iran should spend a little on their own people before Arab Spring hit their too!

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  • khan
    Sep 12, 2011 - 4:10AM

    Mr PM and other bosses,

    When are you imposing additional income/flood tax on the already overtaxed salaried class? Democracy is the best revenge!!

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  • Pundit
    Sep 12, 2011 - 4:54AM

    First the Iranian Foreign Minister visits Pakistan and then the Pakistani PM visits Iran and then the Iranian Interior Minister will visit Pakistan………!Now its Ms Khar’s turn…
    Ringa Ringa Roses….

    Gilani forgot to repeat his famous line: Pakistan is Iran and Iran is Pakistan:)

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  • Ashok
    Sep 12, 2011 - 5:01AM

    India just gave a payment for Iran crude oil – probably this is where the money came from.

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  • SYED KASHIF ZAHOOR
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Iran Pak Friendship Zindaabad…. agar Iran aor Pakistan Difaai Muahida kar lein to koi inka kuch nahi Bigar sakta

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  • BruteForce
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:41AM

    This is really generous of Iran. Considering the Economy of Iran is in a fix due to sanctions this is really generous.

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  • Arindom
    Sep 12, 2011 - 7:56AM

    India just gave $750 million in terms of soft loans to Bangladesh to fix ties!!
    India should give Pakistan about $500 million too for protecting Sufis, Hindus and Ahmadiyas who live in India peacefully in large numbers.

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  • Umar
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:06AM

    @Rock:
    Shame on you for such rubbish comment. It is state responsibility to protect wahabi, shia, sunni, deobandi, bralvi, non muslims, all ethnic groups and foreigners; that is everyone on this Pak land.

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  • Born Again Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2011 - 8:25AM

    @malikimran:
    dont agree. how much did UAE, KSA give you? They did and they shouldnt. We are beggars and will go and ask from anyone…

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  • xOYA
    Sep 12, 2011 - 9:12AM

    hmmm Gillani is getting Rich & richer . People please not a single Penny will go to those Poor People in Help .
    After a few days they will say since no money they will make US pay

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  • Sep 12, 2011 - 10:09AM

    This coming from Iran is surprising but, not in a bad way.
    China wasn’t much of a surprise. Well, that isn’t completely true. I think anyone finding the lack of response being shown from them a little funny also would expect something from them eventually, too. It was just far too much of a contradiction to their claims which were almost obsessively publicized. The surprise is the amount they ended up giving. I never would have guessed it’d really be that low. That amount comes off more as hush money for the critics.

    Also the claims of them being first are just too funny. Everyone sees how Pakistan jumps at the chance to mention any of their interactions with China. It would not have been shown this late. I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually came from someone mentioning the negative views of the relationship that could be caused by it so they tossed some pocket change in Pakistan’s general direction. But, that wouldn’t fix the damage because of how late it is. Putting it on the front page was the only way to not make China look bad and if anyone actually sets aside their blindfold for a minute and looks at what China responds to most severely and quickly about will find it’s usually something about their image.
    If that’s not enough, take this article for example. Note how quickly it was announced after Iran decided to donate and anyone else who made offers for that matter. China being first and the timing of it being mentioned do not support those claims at all.

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  • Adeel759
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:34AM

    What I envision is that if ties emotive between Ind-pak, india will easily provide pakistan with $1-2Billion in loans and $1- Billion yearly in aid for many years to come and that can help pakistan improve its economy.But pakistan is acting like “mohallay ka badmash” , and it chooses the tough path.Recommend

  • ahned chaudhru
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:08PM

    All donations collected for flood victims needs to be invested for construction of small houses at allevated places for flood effectees and Dams may be constructed to store flood water
    .It is unfortunate that there is a genetal perception that flood Aid is eaten up by curruption.
    How ullucky we are that we eat Khairat and Zakat collected for poors in the name of flood victims.

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  • Pundit
    Sep 12, 2011 - 12:49PM

    China Best Friend
    Iran: Better than the Best Friend

    USA: Worst Friend
    India: Best Enemy.

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  • QB
    Sep 12, 2011 - 10:55PM

    What about doing something ourselves? Why start with begging and than thinking about doing something?

    If we kept begging than we probably won’t have any friends left any more.

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