CM appeals people to donate generously for earthquake affectees

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has appealed the people to donate generously in Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for earthquake affectees of Balochistan.

In an appeal made from Chief Minister’s Office on Saturday the CM said that displaced and injured persons of Balochistan  needed attention and expressed his belief that the people of Punjab by following past traditions would come up to the expectations of their calamity-hit Balochi brothers and sisters.

He said that people of Punjab had donated huge amount of Rs 1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of displaced people of KPK, out of which, a splendid hospital was in the final stages of completion in Swat at a cost of Rs 800 million.

The Chief Minister said that we also want to construct a modern hospital for the poor people in affected areas out of the amount to be collected for earthquake affectees of Balochistan.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting for evolving a comprehensive plan with regard to relief and rehabilitation activities of earthquake affectees of Balochistan at Model Town.

Addressing the meeting, CM said that Punjab government had announced to donate Rs 100 million in Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for the relief and rehabilitation of Baloch brothers and sisters affected by earthquake.

Punjab government and people will spare no effort in the assistance and rehabilitation of earthquake affectees, he added.

He said that trucks carrying essential items would be dispatched to earthquake affected areas of Balochistan on daily basis. He said that Punjab government and people were standing with the earthquake affectees of Balochistan.

Shahbaz Sharif said that he had provided his helicopter for relief activities in Balochistan whereas relief items were being dispatched to affected areas by C-130 planes. He directed that provincial ministers, assembly members and concerned senior officers should monitor relief activities and a liaison office should be set up in Lasbela.

He said that Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sher Ali Gorchani, Provincial Ministers Waheed Arain, Malik Nadeem Kamran, Assembly Member Atif Mazari and senior officers should immediately leave to Lasbela. He said that the liaison office of Punjab government in Lasbela would keep constant contact with Balochistan government with regard to relief and rehabilitation activities and immediately inform Punjab government regarding dispatch of relief items according to the needs of earthquake affectees so that maximum relief could be provided to them for accelerating relief activities.