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    US designates Pakistan 'a priority country', will send $1m in COVID-19 aid
    Thursday Mar 26, 2020


    ISLAMABAD: The United States has designated Pakistan as "a priority country" and announced it will send $1 million as emergency aid to help the government deal with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Paul Jones said in a video message on Thursday.

    "The United States stands with Pakistan in its fight against coronavirus," Jones said. "We've made Pakistan a priority country for emergency coronavirus assistance.

    "We redirected $1 million in existing funding and provided $1 million in new funding for lab and emergency supplies and to enable communities to identify potential coronavirus outbreaks," he added.

    The aid would help set up a smartphone application to "increase, expedite, and centralise case investigation and response".

    "At the request of the Pakistani government, we quickly adapted a procurement system for commodities essential to coronavirus response,"
    the ambassador explained. The USAID, in this regard, has created a database for the country's airport officials to to identify potential coronavirus-infected passengers based on symptoms and travel history, he added.

    According to the ambassador, 100 Pakistani students who recently graduated from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiology lab training programme were working on coronavirus cases in Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab.

    "In partnership with the Sindh government, the United States provided $18 million to establish the Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences, which has an intensive care unit. We are also providing 13 fully equipped ambulances to health authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa," Jones noted.


    He asked his fellow citizens to sign up for a dedicated programme on the US Embassy's website.

    "For Americans in Pakistan, I urge you to sign up for our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program know as STEP. Through STEP, you'll receive security and health alerts from our Embassy so you can stay up-to-date in this rapidly changing situation. It's easy to sign up — just go to step.state.gov," he said.

    The ambassador also underlined that the embassy staff — who stayed back in Pakistan after some of their colleagues temporarily relocated — were "following a strict regimen of frequent handwashing, no-touch greetings, and keeping two metres' distance".

    "Our public services are limited to emergency visa and American citizen cases, through appointments made on our website," he underlined.

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  2. Pakistan Space Agency

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    Last year Cartoon-e-Azam PM Imran Khan declared in the US, "Aid has been a curse for Pakistan" and he condemned previous Pakistani Governments for accepting foreign aid.

    Why is it that everything this Shaikh Chilli speaks against, always backfires and he ends up eating his own words?

    No doubt accepting foreign aid during PTI's tenure is no longer haram, shameless or condemnable.
     
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    He is not taking money to put it into his pocket.
     
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    It's the gesture that matters and not the content. Thank you Amereeka after making us waste billions of dollars in a wasteful war and being double crossed on F16s, we very much appreciate your small gesture of few million dollars for a medical emergency which you most likely created in clear breach of your international contract and obligations.
     
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    1 Million :lol:
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Well that's a kind gesture - no matter how big or small - it's a kind gesture and should be appreciated. *thumbs up*
     
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    Its a humanitarian aid and recall even we accepted aid of $ million dollars from India when there was an earth quake through UN fund not long time ago. Its not a PTI created corona and don't look through anti PTI prism and even I am not supporter of PTI. Its the thought that counts not the amount and also it will spend through US embassy hence its not going to go into any one pockets.
     
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    its your attitude that is shameless and condemnable.
     
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    1- Million .... I think Pakistan Government should donate it back to the poors in US for buying toilet paper!! :lol::lol:
     
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    They better bloody put themselves in priority, the way things are going in America.
     
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    Some of you guys are ungrateful. Thank you America. Pakistan should send some assistance to NY. What ever we can spare as a good will gesture.
     
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    At current price of toilet paper a million dollars won't buy much.
     
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    Thank you America.
    I’d thought the money can be used to buy ventilators as quick as possible.
     
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    Make US and China fight for influence in Pakistan. A lot of Pakistanis still don't know how to play with super powers.
     
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