LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Armed Forces are fighting a war for the survival of the country and that hundreds of thousands of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) residents have been rendered homeless because of this war against terrorists. He said that internally displaced persons (IDPs) were waiting for provision of maximum help and succour by well-off segments of society.
According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while talking to a delegation of assembly members and office-bearers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
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.
He said that members of the provincial cabinet and Punjab Assembly belonging to the PML-N have donated their one-month salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. He urged elected representatives and PML-N office-bearers to collect maximum donations for the IDPs and spare no effort to help mitigate their sufferings.
According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif took notice of gang- rape and murder of a woman in the Narang Mandi area of Sheikhupura District and sought a report from the regional police officer. He directed that suspects be arrested immediately and that justice be provided to the family of the victim.
According to another handout, the chief minister took notice of a news item that a two-year-old child was run over and injured by a tractor driver in the Dhani area in Hafizabad and sought a report from the district police officer. He ordered immediate arrest of the suspect and provision of best treatment to the child.
According to yet another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow and grief over the death of former national hockey player, Olympian Abid Saleem, his wife and two of his daughters in a road accident near Sargodha that also caused some other casualties.
He sympathised with the bereaved families and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. He directed provision of best treatment to the injured.
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