UN to hold donor conference: Pakistani PM

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23 September 2022, 12:20

Last modification: September 23, 2022, 12:28 p.m.

Men use a makeshift raft as they cross a flooded street in a residential area, following rains during the monsoon season in Hyderabad, Pakistan September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Yasir Rajput/File Photo

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Men use a makeshift raft as they cross a flooded street in a residential area, following rains during the monsoon season in Hyderabad, Pakistan September 5, 2022. REUTERS/Yasir Rajput/File Photo

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif recently revealed that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is planning to hold a donors’ conference to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan.

The conference may take place in New York or somewhere in Europe, Dawn reports.

This information was revealed at the UN headquarters in New York, where Sharif addressed the media at a Pakistan-sponsored exhibition of photos from flood-affected areas.

He also mentioned that once everything is finalized, the conference will be held soon.

Shehbaz Sharif has appealed urgently for debt relief following unprecedented floods that have killed thousands and displaced millions across the country, HT reports.

The Pakistani government has signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund with “very strict conditionalities”, the country’s prime minister told Bloomberg.

“We have spoken to European leaders and other leaders to help us in the Paris Club get a moratorium. Unless we get substantial relief, how can the world expect us to stand up? It’s just impossible,” he said.


Warning that Pakistan faces the looming threat of disease outbreaks following floods, he said: “God forbid that to happen, hell will break out.”

Floods in Pakistan have submerged almost a third of the country and killed more than 1,500 people. The disaster severely affected the country already reeling from the depletion of foreign exchange reserves and the highest inflation in decades.