LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday announced that his government had disptached relief items worth Rs10 crore to the Internally Displaced Persons in war-torn areas of the country.
The first consignment of 50 trucks, carrying relief articles including rice, flour, pulses and other commodities was dispatched from PML-N Secretariat in Model Town, while more relief goods if required would also be provided by the provinicial government for the people of North Waziristan.
The Punjab cabinet and Assembly members also announced to donate their one month’s salary to the relief fund.
Talking to the media, the CM made an appeal to philanthropists and well-to-do segments of the society to extend maximum help to their affected brothers and sisters in the war-torn area and donate generously. He said that Pak Army personnel were engaged in the war against terrorism which was aimed at survival of the country and securing the future of the next generations. He said that the whole nation was praying for its armed forces. The CM affirmed that the brothers and sisters of Pakhtoon origin, who have been forced to leave their homes in the war, would not be left alone.
Informing that the Punjab government had sent 2000 tents, 20,000 flour bags, 14 thousand rice bags and 20,000 food hampers for the people of North Waziristan, he said that a committee headed by Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin and elected representatives had also been constituted for the supply of relief assistance.
He said that the committee would remain in touch with federal government and concerned authorities of North Waziristan to meet the requirements of the affectees immediately.
“Besides sending relief items, the provincial government is also considering to send assistance in the form of cash so that the displaced persons could purchase necessary items to meet their needs,” he added.