LAHORE -  Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that all-out help will be provided to the Pakhtun brethren of North Waziristan who have been dislodged from their homes in the war on terror.
He said that no effort will be spared for their safe return to homes and complete rehabilitation. He said providing relief and assistance to the displaced Pakhtun people is a collective religious and national obligation. He urged the philanthropists and well-off people to help the IDPs generously.
The chief minister expressed these views while talking to the head of Akhuwat organization, Dr Amjad Saqib who met him on Wednesday. Dr Saqib presented a cheque of Rs 200,000 to the chief minister for the help of IDPs on behalf of his organisation.
The chief minister said the government and the people of Punjab were standing by their Pakhtun brethren at this difficult time. He said the Punjab government had already provided Rs 500 million for providing relief to the Pakhtun people while the Punjab cabinet and the provincial assembly members belonging to the PML-N had donated their one-month salary to the relief fund.
The chief minister reiterated that no effort would be spared for the help of the courageous Pakhtun people who have been forced to leave their homes, adding this cooperation would continue till the rehabilitation of the last affected family after elimination of terrorism and restoration of law and order in the area. He averred the federal government was also utilising all possible resources for the relief of the affected people.
Shahbaz Sharif said it was the responsibility of every member of the society to come forward and help the IDPs.
Dr Amjad Saqib said the chief minister was a kind-hearted person and had helped the people in every moment of need. He said Akhuwat would make more donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the IDPs.
‘WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK TO RESOLVE ENERGY CRISES’
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the PML-N government is working round the clock to resolve energy crises, and special incentives and facilities are being offered to local and foreign investors in the energy sector.
A delegation of an international company, Hecate Energy met the CM here on Wednesday. Matters regarding cooperation in the energy sector especially solar energy projects were discussed in the meeting. The delegation members expressed interest in setting up solar energy projects.
On the occasion, the CM said that energy crisis being faced by the country badly affected the national economy as well as all sectors of life. He said that overcoming the electricity shortage is must for the continuity of industrial process.