UAE-PAP: A generous project to help needy people of Pakistan

Arif Qureshi

Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a $200 million cooperation agreement to execute Phase III of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP). The new pact was signed after completions of the previous two phases, under which 165 development and humanitarian projects at a cost of $365 million have been established.

The agreement will be funded by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), was signed here by Commandant Military College of Engineering (MCE)  Major General Anwarul Haq Chaudhry and UAE-PAP Director Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, in the presence of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obeid Al Zaabi and Mr. Colonel Majed Al SabriMilitary Attaché of UAE in Islamabad.

The signing comes in implementation of the directives of President of UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, under the support of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the follow-up of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide humanitarian aid to Pakistan.

At the end of the signing ceremony, the UAE representatives presented a memorial plaque to the Pakistan, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, marking the 51st anniversary of the drive of humanitarian aid for Pakistan initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1967.

The new phase of UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE PAP) has been launched with the objective of providing help and humanitarian assistance to the needy people of Pakistan and support their development initiatives for a better future. Its mission is to execute development aid projects that offer sustainability and continuous benefits to beneficiaries over the long run.

UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obeid Al Zaabi on the occasion affirmed that the launch of the third phase of the UAE’s development and humanitarian projects in Pakistan underscores the commitment of the UAE to stand constantly by the people of Pakistan, affirming that the PAP was a pioneering model and a tangible guide to success of the humanitarian development effort of the UAE leadership.

UAE Envoy said that the relentless humanitarian and developmental efforts made by the UAE wise leadership are the basic pillars of the country’s foreign policy established by the founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and have been maintained by President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Hamad Obeid Al Zaabi said that the second major pillar of the distinctive bilateral relations between the two countries was the harmony in views on issues of regional and global importance. The third pillar of these bilateral relations was the human factor the main element in the UAE’s humanitarian policy. In this regard, he cited the schools, colleges, hospitals, clinics, water supply projects, roads and bridges established by the UAE in various regions of Pakistan. “Such projects translate the importance, the UAE leadership attaches to education and health while building communities, with the ultimate goal of grooming generations capable of spearheading their nations in the future.”

UAE-Pakistan Assistance Program director Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli sharing details of the projects to be covered under PAP’s third phase, pointed out that this phase would cover three regions including Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KPK) and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) . It will also include 40 projects covering roads, health, education, water and agriculture domains. Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli  said a field survey has been conducted to identify the key projects and priorities of implementation in each area and region. Accordingly, projects of high importance for the life and future of the population have been selected in keeping with the principles adopted by the wise leadership of the UAE to meet the needs of poor and needy people.

PAP engineering and technical teams will start implementation during the coming period through the service companies in charge of execution and in cooperation with the Pakistani army command as per the timeframe of each project. The UAE Pakistan Assistance Program was launched On 12 January 2011, as per the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates. The main object and target of the UAE PAP was to help and provide assistance to Pakistan and mitigate the impact of floods by redeveloping infrastructure.

The UAE-PAP has worked along a comprehensive redevelopment plan that takes into account the harsh geography and the rough weather conditions of the region while focusing on four main areas of social redevelopment: health, education, water and infrastructure. The Program has taken some vital steps to ease the pain and suffering that the people of Swat have become accustomed to as it provided for the construction and rehabilitation of two bridges, 52 schools and 7 hospitals, as well as the implementation of 64 water supply schemes.

United Arab Emirates and Pakistan enjoy a long friendly relations and Pakistan has been fortunate enough to have UAE as its most trusted and reliable ally. The rulers of UAE have been kind enough to extend their technical and financial expertise and services to Pakistan to help surmount obstacles hampering development in various social and humanitarian fields.

The third phase of UAE-PAP reflects on the love of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the people of Pakistan. Under the present phase UAE-PAP has selected those areas which unfortunately have been remained deprived form basic necessities because of unavailability of extra resources and with the announcement of UAE-PAP projects in these remote areas people will be able to get basic facilities of life. 

People of many remote and deprived areas of Pakistan hope that UAE will continue to provide assistance in a number of areas such as improving health indicators and constructing hospitals, eliminate unemployment and improve economic conditions, poverty alleviation, construction of roads and bridges, provision of clean drinking water, improving literacy rate and constructing schools and colleges and extending humanitarian assistance in times of a natural disaster by providing shelter, food and healthcare to the displaced population.

The writer is an editor of daily online  thefortress.com.pk, he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

This article was published in May edition of our News Magazine “The Fortress”

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