The CFoP Co-Chairmen and the Parliamentary Co-Chairmen have welcomed the British Government's offer of assistance and swift response to the tragic earthquake that hit the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, with a 7.7 magnitude on Tuesday afternoon, which has claimed hundreds of lives.
The CFoP Co-Chairmen strongly support the statement made by Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, on Wednesday 25th September which is as follows:
"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the terrible earthquake in Pakistan's south-western province of Baluchistan.
DFID is in close touch with the Government of Pakistan, which is continuing to assess the number of casualties and scale of the damage. They have sent soldiers, rescue and medical teams to the worst affected areas and are continuing to conduct rescue and relief efforts.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and the UK stands ready to provide assistance."
Lord Tariq Ahmad, through his engagement on this issue as DFID Minister in the House of Lords and as Parliamentary Co-Chairman of CFoP has also released the following statement:
"I wish to express our sincere condolences and sympathies to the victims of this tragedy. I assure Pakistanis that Britain ever stands with them at their hour of need and we shall work with the British Pakistani diaspora to do all we can to assist in the rebuilding homes and lives of those affected."