LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that his government would provide all-out support to its KP counterpart to get over the problem of North Waziristan IDPs.

Presiding a meeting to review the steps taken for the assistance of displaced people of North Waziristan, the chief minister said that the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund with a sum of Rs50o million had been set up for IDPs, whereas Punjab Cabinet and PML-N Assembly members had also donated their one month’s salary in the fund. Similarly, Punjab government officers from grade-16 to grade-22 would also donate their one-day salary in the fund.

The meeting decided that Punjab government would also provide financial assistance to the displaced Pakhtoon brothers and sisters. The CM constituted a committee headed by MPA Khurram Gulfam to monitor the distribution of financial assistance among IDPs which would evolve a foolproof system.

Sharif said that helping displaced persons was a national and religious obligation. He said that the Punjab government would launch a vigorous fund, raising campaign for providing maximum assistance to the IDPs. He also directed to constitute a committee for launching a fund-raising campaign for the assistance of IDPs. He informed that fifty trucks carrying relief goods worth Rs100 million were dispatched to Bannu.

He said that the Punjab government would continue its cooperation till the return and complete rehabilitation of affected persons.

He appealed the philanthropists to donate generously in the Relief Fund set up for the assistance of IDPs, assuring transparency in distribution among IDPs.