RAWALPINDI - Rana Iftikhar Ahmed, chief executive officer cantonment board Murree, has said that extending help to IDPs of North Waziristan Agency is a collective and national duty.

He added that nation would never leave people of NWA alone in hard times and all possible help is being extended to them. He expressed these views while inaugurating a handicrafts exhibition held on Mall Road, Murree, on Tuesday.

The exhibition would continue till August 10, 2014 and income to be received from this exhibition would be deposited in the fund established for assistance of IDPs by the Punjab government. The citizens, especially tourists, lauded the efforts of Punjab Small Industries Corporation for establishing exhibition of handicrafts in Murree for a national cause. Rana Iftikhar said that the exhibition would contribute in raising funds for IDPs. He said that in present situation, every citizen should play role for raising maximum funds for the assistance of IDPs and making the government's efforts in this respect successful.

CM for stepping up relief

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Chief Relief Commissioner, Punjab, to expedite distribution of money to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.

The chief minister required the commissioner to keep up distribution of Rs 7,000 per family without any delay and through a transparent process. According to CRC Nadeem Ashraf the directions of CM are being implement in letter and spirit and another Rs2.94crore have been given to the IDPs.