LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that all-out help and assistance will be provided to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency who have been rendered homeless in war against terrorism and that no effort will be spared for ensuring their safe return to their homes.
He said that provision of relief and assistance to the IDPs was a collective “religious” and “national” obligation. He urged philanthropists and well-to-do persons to extend generous help to IDPs.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while talking to Dr Amjad Saqib, chief executive of Akuwat organisation, who met with him on Wednesday.
Dr Saqib donated Rs 200,000 to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for IDPs on behalf of his organisation and presented a cheque to the chief minister.
The chief minister said that help and assistance to the IDPs was a noble gesture. He said that the government and the people of Punjab Province were standing by their Pashtun brethren at this difficult time.
The chief minister said that the Punjab government had set up the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund with a sum of Rs 500 million for the IDPs while 50 truckloads of relief items worth Rs 100 million had also been dispatched. He said that help and assistance to the IDPs would continue to be offered in future as well. He said that besides provision of relief and assistance, the Punjab government had decided to give financial help to the IDPs so that they could purchase necessary items to meet their needs. He said that the government was fully aware of the problems and difficulties of the IDPs.
He said that the federal government was trying to resolve the problems of IDPs while the Punjab government was also extending all-out assistance to them in this hour of need.
He said that extending help and assistance to the IDPs was a religious, moral and national obligation. He made an appeal to philanthropists and well-to-do persons to donate generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the help of IDPs and assured that every penny of their donations would be distributed among the IDPs in a transparent manner.
Dr Saqib said that Chief Minister Shahbaz was a kind-hearted person and had helped the people in every moment of need. He said that Akuwat would make more donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the IDPs. MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant Azmul Haq and senior officials were present during the meeting.
Meanwhile, a delegation of an international company, Hecate Energy, met with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday. Matters pertaining to cooperation in the energy sector, especially solar energy, were discussed during the meeting. The Hecate Energy expressed interest in setting up solar energy projects in the country.
According to another handout, the chief minister said that energy crisis had badly affected the country’s economy and that the government was working round the clock to overcome this crisis. He said that work on Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur was in progress. The chief minister said that investment by foreign investors in power sector would be welcomed.
Special Assistant Azmul Haq, additional chief secretary (energy), Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park chairman and other officials attended the meeting.
According to yet another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz has taken notice of alleged gang-rape of a woman in Muzaffargarh District and sought a report from the district police officer (DPO).
The chief minister directed the DPO to arrest the culprits immediately and provide justice to the victim.
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