KARACHI - The buildings that were damaged in the recent Abbas Town blast would be reconstructed at the earliest, said Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Friday.

He said that the cost of reconstruction of these buildings would be borne by the govt of Sindh. The governor pointed out that funds would be made available in the special accounts for the Commissioner in a few days’ time.

He said that for the construction of flats at the earliest it is essential that reputed bodies of architects be contacted in order to save time. For supervising the process an eight-member committee has been formed under the Commissioner of Karachi and representatives of the affectees and welfare bodies are on this committee. The governor said that the estimate for the construction of the flats is to the tune of Rs 150 million and that the construction would be completed in six months’ time. He stated that the Abbas Town incident was a tragic one and added that the government is committed to eradicate terrorism and militancy.

‘GOVT NOT TO ABANDON AFFECTEES’: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has assured that the government would not leave alone the affectees of Abbas Town tragedy.   

This he said while talking to media persons after a meeting with a dealgation of MWM here on Friday. He said that the provincial government would take all possible measures for the rehabilitation of the affectees. He also assured that the culprits involved in the bomb explosion will be arrested at all cost.

Qaim said that the govt has arranged flats for the affectees whose houses had collapsed due to the explosion while a job would be given to one of the heirs of each deceased. The delegation comprising Allama Amin Shaheedi, Allama Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Allama Nasir Abbas and Sabar Karbalai expressed satisfaction over the provision of treatment of injured persons and plan for provision of flats to the affectees.

The chief minister also constituted a committee headed by Senator Faisal Raza Abidi for fulfillment of the demands, submitted by the delegation of MWM.  

Meanwhile, Al-Dua Association, a social welfare organisation comprising doctors and teachers of Karachi arranged a ceremony to disburse funds of Rs 110,000 as interest free loans among deserving individuals. According to a press release issued here the other day, more than Rs2.6m has been disbursed so far with a recovery rate of Rs 99.4 per cent.

Apart from that training for special children, handicraft centre for women and acitivities for community awareness are also performed under the same banner.

These funds, the organisers said are generated through donation of generous people.