LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that it is our national and religious obligation to provide help and assistance to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan during the ongoing military operation against terrorists. He also said that this was high time to serve the IDPs instead of indulging in politics of chaos.
He said that the Punjab government had distributed financial assistance to the tune of millions of rupees among the IDPs whereas process of distribution of financial assistance among 54,000 more families would resume soon.
The chief minister said that a transparent system had been evolved for distribution of financial assistance among the IDPs and that philanthropists were donating generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund set up for the internally displaced persons (IDPs). He said that the government was distributing financial assistance among the IDPs in a transparent manner.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while talking to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentarians and office-bearers in Murree on Saturday.
Shahbaz said that the people and the Punjab government were providing all-out help to their brothers and sisters in distress.
He said that we would not rest content till complete rehabilitation of IDPs. He said that the Punjab government would construct 2,000 houses, a modern hospital, university and a Daanish school in North Waziristan after establishment of peace.
The chief minister said that a mobile hospital had also been sent from Punjab Province for providing the best treatment to the IDPs. He said that besides financial assistance and relief items, the Punjab government had also dispatched fodder for the livestock of the IDPs.
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that it was not appropriate in view of the present situation to do the politics of protest, as the country could not afford it; rather it was the time to forge unity and cohesion.
The chief minister said that the Punjab government would not leave alone IDPs of North Waziristan in their hour of trial because they were facing difficulties to help establish peace in Pakistan. He said that helping IDPs and rendering sacrifices for establishing peace and stability in the country was duty of every Pakistani.
He said that the spirit of those, who were helping their brethren in this hour of trial, was commendable and that they were earning the blessings of Allah Almighty.
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the IDPs were great Pakistanis and that they were rendering sacrifices to help secure bright future for coming generations.
He again urged philanthropists to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the IDPs. He also urged them not to spare any effort in providing succour to and ensuring rehabilitation of the IDPs.
He said that the nation was indebted to the people of North Waziristan for their sacrifice for ensuring security of the country. He expressed the hope that Pakistan would become a haven of peace again and our brothers and sisters would soon return to their homes in North Waziristan and live peacefully.
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