Punjab Government and its people would continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with their Baloch brethren in hour of trial: Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly

Karachi, December 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): In accordance with the resolve of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab Government and its people would continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with their Baloch brethren in the hour of trial and tribulation, while Punjab Government would also continue provision of relief goods, till rehabilitation of Baloch brethren, who were earthquake victims.

These views were expressed by Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani, while handing over relief goods, worth Rs. 10 crore, to Balochistan Government, under Winter Relief Package.

Member Provincial Assembly and Parliamentary Secretary on Literacy Sardar Atif Mizari, Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Capt. R. Muhammad Asif, Colonel of 33 Battalion Furqan Moazzam and Deputy Commissioner Awaran Abdul Rasheed, besides other concerned officers of Balochistan Government, were also present on the occasion.

Giving details of the relief goods to earthquake victims, Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani said that 30000 blankets, 60000 warm quilts have been made available to earthquake victims in Awaraan by transporting them in 100 trucks. He said, the people of Punjab have sent, so far, relief goods worthRs. 28 crore 70 lac, alongwith depositing an amount of Rs. 25 crore 50 lac to the Balochistan Relief Fund. He said Punjab Government would establish a modern hospital at Awaraan, alongwith construction of a model village

While talking to earthquake affectees at location of Mashi, in Awaraan, Deputy Speaker said that there is close coordination between Balochistan Government and Punjab Government regarding provision of relief goods to earthquake victims.

He assured the earthquake affectees that, alongwith construction of modern hospital and a model village, the children of Awaraan would also be granted admissions in medical colleges of Lahore.

Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sher Ali Gorchani distributed winter relief packets, sent by Punjab Government, among the earthquake victims, during which local administration and Army authorities were also present. Talking on the occasion, Deputy Speaker gave details of relief goods made available to flood affectees of Balochistan by Punjab Government.

He pointed out that Punjab Chief Minister had handed over his helicopter to the Balochistan Government, to carry out the relief activities, on the next day of the earthquake. This helicopter provided relief goods from Karachi in its 38 sorties, during one and half month, while on its return it continued transferring earthquake victims to the Karachi Hospitals. Punjab Government also sent relief goods to Awaraan, through 300 trucks, consisting of food hampers, quilts, medicines, mosquito nets and bottles of milk and water.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)
40-A, Lawrence Road, Lahore
Phone: (92-42) 99203301-2, 99204409
Fax: (92-42) 99204405
Email: info.pdma@punjab.gov.pk
Emergency Helpline (UAN): 1129

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