ISLAMABAD - Since the earthquake Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sprung into action calling meetings to assess damages and ways rescue affectees.

The PM had rushed back home from United Kingdom where he was on a stopover stay after his US visit.

After initial briefings on the quantum of damage to human lives and properties he flew to Shangla the same afternoon. Shangla is so far the worst hit area of the earthquake episode. The PM met the affected families.

During his stay in Shangla for several hours he was briefed on the rescue and relief operation by the Armed Forces, Provincial Government and other bodies including federal and provincial disaster management authorities.

He also met Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbassi and central leaders of PML-N provincial chapter for input on the ongoing relief operation in the area.

During his interaction with local leaders of the party Premier Sharif said that the government would deal with natural calamity above political considerations and assured provincial government of all possible help and assistance in relief and rehabilitation of the affected people, especially those still trapped in far-flung places of Shangla.

On Wednesday Prime Minister again moved to the worst hit areas in Chitral, its adjoining localities and then landed at provincial capital Peshawar where he had announced a relief package of over one billion rupees for the affectees.

Premier Sharif at Governor’s House Peshawar yesterday once again reiterated his point that government would deal with the situation on humanitarian grounds and would not involve politics in it. He further assured Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa that Federal Government would step up with all out support and financial help to the provincial government.

An official in the Prime Minister’s Office informed The Nation that Prime Minister would be visiting Dasu today (Thursday) to see the ongoing rescue and relief operation in the area and would also meet the affected families.

He further said that the Prime Minister has given clear-cut instruction to officials of NDMA and other relief organisations to mobilise all resources for in-time rescue of people struck up in the remote areas and provide them with proper medical treatment and shelter.

A PML-N leader said that the Prime Minister during a meeting with senior party leaders most of whom are also Federal Cabinet members said that the government would handle the situation from the front and would ensure that the people in trouble should be provided with immediate relief and in this connection no laxity will be tolerated.

The special crisis management cell at Prime Minster’s Office was functioning around the clock and was continuously updating Prime Minister on developments and the input coming from the worst hit areas mostly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa.

Bilour demands more

compensation for affectees

Awami National Party (ANP) MNA Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour yesterday accused government of announcing meagre relief package for rehabilitation and compensations for earthquake affectees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“I will say it is a joke with those who lost their nears and dear ones,” ANP leader Bilour said this while speaking at a news conference at his residence.

The money announced by the government was not enough for constructing damaged houses.

Moreover Rs 0.3 million and Rs 0.1 million for those who died or injured respectively in October 25 severe tremors is nothing, thus, it was demanded of the government to announce a huge packages for these families so that to assist them at this critical stage, he said.

Moreover, he alleged that despite the lapse of three days, the provincial government has yet to reach to the affectees of far off areas in district Shangla and Torghar, where the destruction and casualties are comparatively at large scale.

He said that many roads, bridges and schools have been destroyed, while the government was not serious as it should have been.

Replying to a query, Ghulam Bilour said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get just a single route from the billion dollars Economic Corridor project, which he termed an injustice with Pakhtuns, who he said have been passing through critical phase since long.

He alleged that PTI government in the province has totally failed to fulfil what it had promised prior to last general elections.