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Assocham offers Pakistan financial help for flood relief work

Industry body Assocham on Thursday offered financial assistance for flood relief work in Pakistan, even as the neighbouring country did not respond to India's offer of $5 million in aid last week.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2010 23:52 IST

Industry body Assocham on Thursday offered financial assistance for flood relief work in Pakistan, even as the neighbouring country did not respond to India's offer of $5 million in aid last week.

"Please tell us if the Indian industry and India's business fraternity can be of any help in these hours of tribulation," Assocham said in a communication to Pakistan's High Commissioner and the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).

It is a gesture of goodwill, Assocham President Swati Piramal said in statement here.

Nearly one-fifth of Pakistan is reported to be badly hit by the devastating flood, the worst in the country in 80 years. Over 1,700 people have died and the UN says more than 6,50,000 people are without basic shelter, while six million desperately need emergency aid.

Last week, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had called on his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and offered USD 5 million in aid for flood relief work.

With Pakistan dilly-dallying on accepting the aid from India, the US said politics should have no role in disaster response and it "expects" Islamabad to accept the assistance.