LAHORE: Pakistan Forum for National Interests Tuesday paid tribute to Pakistan Army for successfully launching Zarb-i-Azb operation against the militants, ensuring construction of Pak-China economic corridor and rescuing flood affected poor people.

Former Secretary Foreign Affairs Shamshad Ahmed Khan, Gen (r) Rahat Lateef, former Minister of State Qayyum Nizami, Dr Muhammad Sadiq, Ahmed Awais Advocate and Zubair Sheikh and senior lawyer SM Zafar spoke on the occasion.

The speakers said that the national action plan seemed to have gone into a limbo and many steps resolved by the plan were yet to be addressed. They said that the armed forces had been over stretched and should not be involved any more in civilian matters. The government should back operations which could yield good results for the progress of the country, they added.–Staff Reporter

No more flood threat!

LAHORE: Provincial Disaster Management Authority Director General Jawad Akram has said that flow of water of water is becoming normal in all rivers and nullahs of the province.

He said that flow of water at Chashma is 448382 cusec, at Taunsa is 463395 cusec and there is medium flood at both the places while there is low flood at Tarbela and Kalabagh in river Indus.

Jawad Akram said that maximum flow of water will be 50000 cusec at Ganda Singhwala in river Satluj on August 13 from 1.00 am to 12.00 noon which is a low flood. He said that instructions have been issued to the administration to continuously monitor the flow of water. He said that 276 complaints of the people residing in flood relief camps have been redressed on the spot through helpline-1129.–Staff Reporter

He said that best breakfast and food is being provided to the flood affectees in the relief camps and today breakfast and meal was given to about 19523 flood affectees.

He said that 188556 persons have been rescued through 289 boats so far. He said that administration has distributed 164250 food hampers, 46100 tents, 82000 mineral water bottles and plastic mats among flood affectees so far.