SADIQABAD - A 15-member delegation of Shia scholars accompanied by a peace committee chairman and a lawmaker, met with the Punjab chief minister in the wake of Khanpur blast which had left 18 people killed and 30 injured.

During the meeting, CM Shahbaz Sharif thanked the Shia community for maintaining peace and tranquillity after the blast near a Chehlum procession.

He also announced Rs500,000 compensation money for the heirs of the Khanpur blast as well as free treatment of the injured. He further announced free education for the children of the deceased in Daanish Schools and government employment for one heir of each Khanpur explosion martyred.

Besides MPA Zeb Jafar and committee chairman Chaudhry Muhammad, the delegation was led by Shia leader Sheikh Manzoor Hussain.

On the occasion, Punjab Inspector General of Police Javed Iqbal, Bahawalpur Division Commissioner Mushtaq Ahmad, Regional Police Officer, Abid Hussain Qadri, District Coordination Officer Dr Ahmad Javed and DPO Sohail Zafar Chattha were also present.

Expressing his thanks to the chief minister for taking steps for the victims, Sheikh Manzoor assured Mr Shahbaz that the former would leave nothing undone to ensure peace in Rahim Yar Khan and to make the district a region of peace and tranquillity.

Appreciating the steps taken by the district administration, Chaudhry Shafiq told the CM that the way the administration and the police handle the situation and took steps to stop the disturbance soon after the terrorist blast were commendable.

Later, the RPO assured the CM that the police would soon disclose the gladtiding of the culprits’ arrest, saying that they had reached close to the perpetrators.

The delegation included Syed Imran Shah, Haji Habib Ahmad, Riaz Hussain Naqvi, Amir Sajjad and Mian Muhammad Musa among other Ulema.

CLERKS’ ELECTIONEERING: Jalandhry Group’s candidates for the Clerks Bar Association’s offices pledged to make an all-out effort for the welfare of clerks if they were elected in the elections.

Sabir Hussain and Toqeer Abid, the candidates for president and general secretary slots respectively, were addressing a meeting held by the group. They said that lawyers were their leaders who would play a key role for their success in the elections.

They observed that the success of their group would open new vistas of clerks’ development and welfare in the district. Later, the participants assured the candidates of their full cooperation and support for their success.

On the occasion, Jalandhri Group chairman Abdul Hameed termed the electioneering a success.