PM visits displaced families in Pakhtukhwa

Army chief receives prime minister at helipad

BANNU - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited camps of internally displaced persons here in Khyber Pakhtukhwa along with Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rasheed.

On his arrival to Bannu, the prime minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Corps Commander LT Gen Khalid Rabbani at the helipad. Later, the prime minister was briefed by Major General Akhtar Jamil about the arrangements made for the IDPS of North Waziristan.

Addressing the displaced families, Prime Minster Nawaz said, ‘We realize that this is a very difficult stage for all of you and we are working day and night to ease your difficulties.” The families were sacrificing their today for the better future of Pakistan and as result of their sacrifices the curse of terrorism will be rooted out from this country, he said.

He said that the government would spend maximum funds for the displaced families, even if the amount was in billions or trillions. He announced that an additional amount of Rs 20,000/month would be given to each family during the month of Ramazan. He said that allowance of Rs 12,000 per month, apart from Rs 3000/month house rent and Rs 5000/month food allowance are already being given to each dislocated family.

Now, the IDPs would be getting Rs 40,000 for the month of Ramazan. The prime minister stressed that this was no favour but only the duty of this government and the right of the IDPs. He further added that the government has already made arrangements to provide fodder, grass and feed for livestock as well. Medical dispensaries will soon be installed where free of cost treatment and medicines will be available. Everyone will be given polio vaccinations by the army.

“We are also planning and analyzing for the reconstruction of the effected houses in area of operation in order to rehabilitate the IDPs once the operation is over. We are simultaneously planning to develop the FATA region with roads, houses, water and sanitation facilities, and other civic amenities so that the life of the people here becomes at par with rest of Pakistan,” he said. The prime minister also distributed relief goods and food packages amongst the IDPs.

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