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Zardari meets editors of Sindhi newspapers, TV channels

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that Pakistan would convert the disaster caused by the floods into opportunity with the help of people and international community. He was talking to editors of Sindhi newspapers and electronic TV channels at Chief Minister House here.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Central Information Secretary of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Fauzia Wahab, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information Jameel Soomro were also present on the occasion. “It is a long drawn effort and it will take at least 2 to 3 years to bring back things to the normal course. We have launched an international appeal and response is very encouraging. We are determined to rebuild the entire devastated infrastructure,” he added.

“We’ll build them,” President Zardari commented about the houses of people that have been damaged by floods. “We will make bricks and buildings blocks with the help of latest technology to build these houses and building.” He said that construction workers will be trained by master trainers to speedily rebuild the houses on modern lines.

The President said the present government has inherited many challenges and facing them courageously. “We have the challenges of democracy, war against terror, economic meltdown and now devastating floods”. “We have made progress in the area of democracy, war against militants, and economic development. We will make progress in fighting the hazards of floods,” he noted.

He underlined the need to adopt a new approach to face the similar disaster in future if God forbid, the floods hit again as a result of climatic change. The President said that the media could play an important role to guide the government in the relief work for flood victims.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:9/1/2010