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Default 400 Indian Doctors to arrive in Pakistan to treat Flood victims - 08-17-2010, 10:56 PM

KARACHI: As nations around the globe are planning to help Pakistan¡¯s flood victims, Indians have also decided to play their role by sending teams including 400 doctors and paramedical staff to work in the flood-hit districts.

The Indian civil society, who wants to see peace between both nuclear rivals, will make all arrangements to send these teams. The Indian doctors will work in flood-affected districts of Sindh province, but will avoid visiting Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa because of Taliban threat.

An Indian delegation of peace activists including Shri Sandeep Pandey of Voice of Ayodhiya, Mazher Hussain of Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), Mumbai-based prominent human rights and social activists Feroze Mithiborwala, Gurudial Singh Sheetal, Monika Wahi, Zaid Ahmed Shaikh and others arrived in Pakistan on Sunday after holding rallies from Mumbai to Amritsar as part of recently announced Pakistan-India Peace Caravan, the ¡®Aman Ke Badhte Qadam¡¯.

During a meeting with peace activists of Pakistan, Mazher Hussain offered to send doctors¡¯ teams to flood-hit districts. ¡°We want to see peace between both countries and if in situations like this, help comes from India, it will send a message of love. So we will send doctors and medical experts with medicines to help the flood-affected people,¡± he said.

COVA is an Indian Hyderabad-based network of over 800 organisations working in nine districts of Andhra Pradesh, and in the states of Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir on different issues including peace.



During the meeting Pak-India Joint Flood Relief Committee was formed comprising Shri Sandeep Pandey, Mazher Hussain and Feroze Mithiborwala from India and Adam Malik, BM Kutty, Karamat Ali, Pakistan Medical Association president Dr Tipu Sultan, South Asia Partnership Executive Director, Muhammad Tahseen and Dr AH Nayyar from Pakistan.

¡°We will manage the arrival of the Indian doctors here so that they may start their work in flood-hit areas as soon as possible,¡± said Mithiborwala.

The meeting also decided that the Indian doctors would work in Sindh, a southern province of the country. ¡°The law and order situation in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is not good, so it will not be advisable to send them there, therefore we have decided to send them to areas in Sindh where they will be safe,¡± said Kutty.

Talking to Daily Times, committee member Adam Malik said that there was no Taliban presence in Sindh and the people would welcome the Indian guests with open arms. ¡°Besides that in Sindh everyone will help Indian doctors work easily in the flood-hot areas,¡± said Malik.

The Indian members will manage the affairs till the teams reach Wagah from where the Pakistani members of the committee will take charge to bring them to the flood-hit areas.

¡°In the meeting we also decided that the Indian members besides sending doctors would also collect funds, medicines, tents and dry food items in Indian cities,¡± said Pak-India Peace Caravan spokesperson, Sharafat Ali. He said that the Indian delegation also brought 35,000 Indian Rupees and submitted the amount to the Labour flood relief camp, set up by Labour Party Pakistan. ¡°We are also talking to Edhi Foundation to start relief work in flood-hit areas,¡± he said.

After causing widespread devastation in the north western and central parts of Pakistan, the floods, worst in 80 years, struck the southern Sindh province and badly affected more than five million people. In such conditions, the decision by Indian civil society to send doctors will boost the ongoing peace process.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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Since this is a non-govt initiative, I hope there are no barriers from either govt. If we can forget our enmity in this time of crisis, that will be worth a thousand rounds of bilateral talks and hundreds of confidence building measures between india and pakistan
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Maulik,
Pakistan and India are sworn enemies. This won't help since Paki Govt already rejected Indian aid of 8million dollars.
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Since this is a non-govt initiative, I hope there are no barriers from either govt. If we can forget our enmity in this time of crisis, that will be worth a thousand rounds of bilateral talks and hundreds of confidence building measures between india and pakistan
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