LAHORE (HANDOUT) - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited flood-hit areas including Sheikhupura, Narowal and Muridke Road on Sunday.

He personally took part in relief operation through helicopter for helping the flood affectees of South Punjab. He distributed relief items and eatables among affectees through helicopter in flood-hit areas of Head Muhammadwala, Shujaabad and Sher Shah in South Punjab.

The helicopter made three low sorties for providing relief items to flood affectees. Helicopter of the chief minister could not depart in the morning due to inclement weather as a result of which the chief minister went to Sheikhupura by road and visited Tiba Kot Yaqoob, Khankot, Batolawan, Dost Muhammad and adjacent villages on Narowal-Muridke Road.

The chief minister met affectees and inquired about their problems. Addressing the affectees, he said that the Punjab government was utilising all out resources for the rehabilitation of marooned people. He said that he would not rest content till rehabilitation of affectees. He warned that no negligence would be tolerated in relief activities.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Imran Khan had signed his political death by forgetting flood affectees. He said that it did not behove Imran Khan who showed worst apathy to talk about flood affectees. He advised Imran Khan to end sit-in honourably by visiting flood affected areas. He said that politics of sit-in tantamount to enmity to the country and the nation. He said that this is not time of staging sit-ins rather it is high time to serve the brothers and sisters in distress. 

During briefing regarding relief activities on the occasion, DCO Sheikhupura Ali Jan informed the chief minister that 13 persons died in district Sheikhupura, out of which financial assistance has been given to the heirs of 11 persons while payment to the heirs of remaining two will be made soon. He told that eight lakh kilogram ration has been distributed among affectees so far and ten lakh cattle have been vaccinated. He said that 11 boats are taking part in rescue and relief operation in the district.

Taking notice of mismanagement during distribution of ration among affectees in relief camp of Peer Mehal, the chief minister issued orders for suspension of Peer Mehal Assistant Commissioner and has immediately transferred DCO Toba Tek Singh from his post. He directed the chief secretary to post such officers in flood affected area as have the spirit of service to humanity.

Shahbaz Sharif also reviewed flood situation and relief activities in Muzaffargarh and Multan districts of South Punjab. Talking to media in Multan, the chief minister said that for the first time government had given funds of Rs100 million to each flood-hit district and further resources would be provided, if needed.

He said that every penny should be spent as a trust as everyone has to be accountable in this world and the world hereafter. He directed that the de-watering equipments and boats should immediately be sent to flood-hit areas from those areas where these are not needed.

 He said that the time will prove whether flood has caused more loss to Pakistan or the sit-in of Imran Khan.

The chief minister said that Jashan was celebrated in both the sit-ins on the postponement of Chinese power projects. He was scheduled to visit Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan to review flood situation and relief activities, however, he postponed the visits of Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan due to the tragic incident of capsizing of boat in Multan. He reviewed the situation at Multan.