Malatya, one of the earthquake’s worst-hit cities, got a convoy of 21 trucks carrying 275 tonnes of relief materials from Pakistan. At Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s request, an air bridge was quickly constructed between Islamabad and Ankara on February 6 in order to transport rescue teams and provide essential relief supplies.
A truck convoy that was largely made up of winterized tents, blankets, and other essential humanitarian goods left Pakistan on February 11 and traveled through Iran to Turkiye.
The convoy was welcomed by Commander Mehmet Bhaktiyar, Deputy Mayor Malatya Hakan Ezgi, Ambassador Fazli Corman of the Turkish MOFA, Deputy Ambassador Abbas Sarwar Qureshi of the Pakistan Embassy, members from the AFAD, and local officials.
Twenty aircraft have flown to Turkiye to supply supplies for emergency relief.
Moreover, a ship from Pakistan headed for Turkiye with aid for earthquake victims is about to set sail. Speaking at the occasion, Abbas Sarwar Qureshi stated that Pakistan and Turkey have a long tradition of supporting one another in all circumstances.