Pakistan Donates Surgical Masks, PPE To America
Pakistan has gifted a plane loaded with surgical masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to America as a ‘token of friendship’ and ‘solidarity’ during the global coronavirus pandemic.
United States Secretary of State Department Mike Pompeo appreciated Pakistan’s ‘goodwill’ donation and said, “This delivery is a symbol of US-Pakistan solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.”
Appreciate Pakistan’s goodwill donation of surgical masks and protective suits to @FEMA. This delivery is a symbol of U.S.-Pakistan solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. #WeAreInThisTogether #Partners4Prosperity pic.twitter.com/TUk3nTQZgu
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 21, 2020
Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Asad Khan took to Twitter and said that Pakistan armed forces gifted a plane load of PPE to US armed forces as a token of friendship and solidarity during the fatal coronavirus pandemic. “Senior US officials joined our team at the hand-over ceremony at Andrews Air Base,” the Pakistani envoy added.
Today, Pakistan Armed Forces gifted a plane load of PPE to U.S. Armed Forces as a token of friendship & solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior US officials joined our team at the hand-over ceremony at Andrews Air Base. @OfficialDGISPR @ForeignOfficePk@fema @StateDept pic.twitter.com/yWQzX3SMht
— Asad M. Khan (@asadmk17) May 21, 2020
However, some Pakistanis have not liked the ‘goodwill’ gesture as the country herself is facing a shortage of protective gear. The doctors across the country have arranged a number of protests against the unavailability of PPE in hospitals to date since the coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan.
Journalist Bilal Farooqi reacted to Pakistan’s and said: “How can we give them away to others when we’re facing a shortage? Our doctors & paramedics are getting sick & dying. NDMA was supposed to hand them over to provinces. Ridiculous!”
Pakistani envoy Asad M Khan says Pakistan Armed Forces gifted a plane load of PPE to US Forces. How can we give them away to others when we're facing a shortage?! Our doctors & paramedics are getting sick & dying. NDMA was supposed to hand them over to provinces. Ridiculous! pic.twitter.com/P3H9ANJgEq
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) May 22, 2020
تجھے برنال لگانے کی ضرورت پڑ گئی ہے
— Syed Babur Zaman Andrabi (@zaman_babur) May 21, 2020
Meanwhile in Pakistan : pic.twitter.com/1KwvNJVSBZ
— Mamoon Ch (@MamoonCh_) May 21, 2020
Medical staff in our own country is lacking PPEs. Doctors including those of my own family are at high risk due to insufficient protective gears. Govt needs to provide proper equipment to doctors and other medical staff who are serving people to protect them from Covid19.
— Wasim Ali Turi (@wasim_turi) May 21, 2020
Pk hospitals need PPE too
— Laaleen لعلین ✒ (@laaleen) May 22, 2020