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Pakistan skips inaugural session of SCO joint exercise

Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah.  

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The meet on urban earthquake and rescue held in Delhi was addressed by Amit Shah

Pakistan did not participate in the inaugural session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) joint exercise on urban earthquake and rescue in Delhi. The session was addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.

Pakistan is expected to participate in the drill being organised by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from November 5-7 onwards. The exercise is the outcome of the 9th meeting of the heads of government departments of SCO countries dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situation in Kyrgyzstan in 2017, in which India offered to organise the next annual disaster management exercise for the region.

The countries part of SCO are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and India.

‘3 lakh lives lost’

Mr. Shah said that during 1996-2015, more than 3 lakh people lost their lives due to natural calamities.

“Earthquakes have taken more than 2 lakh lives, which account for two-thirds of disaster related mortality in SCO countries. In this background, this joint exercise will be very useful for improving the collective preparedness and building a common understanding of internationally recognised procedures to co-ordinate post-earthquake responses,” Mr. Shah said.

He added that the joint exercise with SCO member states would be helpful in developing personal understanding amongst counterpart teams when they would work together to tackle any disaster situation.

Mr. Shah also invited the delegates to visit the Statue of Unity at Gujarat.

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