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Rs10bn grant for flood-ravaged Balochistan

PM says Pakistan is getting int’l help, with messages of support coming from Türkiye, UAE, UK

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday announced a grant of Rs10 billion for flood-hit Balochistan to cope with the situation and assist the victims in the aftermath of recent heavy rainfall and floods.

The premier made the announcement during his address to the media during his visit to the province’s Jafferabad district where he reviewed the rescue and relief activities for those affected. PM Shehbaz also said that the country is getting international support with messages of support coming from Turkey, UAE and Britain.

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He also revealed that a plane from Turkey with supplies for the flood victims and another from the UAE are expected to land in Karachi and Islamabad, respectively.

He said he had a telephonic conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who expressed immense grief at the loss of life and destruction caused by the floods and sent prayers for the departed souls.

Moreover, Britain too has announced a donation of two million pounds as well for flood relief, he shared. The prime minister expressed his gratitude to all supporting countries that are standing with Pakistan in this time of distress. PM Shehbaz also once again appealed to the public to help the affected families in whatever capacity they can. “Over a thousand lives have been lost to the floods, with millions displaced and hundreds of crops completely destroyed,” he said, adding that this was easily the most destructive flooding he has ever witnessed.

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“I have no doubt that the 2010 flood was nothing compared to this one,” he maintained. He lauded the efforts of Balochistan CM Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo in providing relief to the inhabitants of the flood-hit areas.

Furthermore, the premier touched upon the rehabilitation of roads leading to the provincial capital and ordered an immediate recovery to ease the relief process. Lastly, PM Shehbaz also addressed his political rivals, telling them to “stop spreading lies and hurling accusations” during this time of distress. Earlier in the day, PM Shehbaz arrived in Sukkur, Sindh, to visit the flood-hit Naseerabad Division of Balochistan.

Acting Governor Balochistan Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz Aqeeli received the prime minister. Before his arrival, PM Shehbaz took an aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Later, he left to visit the flood-affected areas of Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district where he reviewed the rescue and relief activities.

PM summons emergency session

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has summoned an emergency session of all coalition parties in the Prime Minister’s House at 6pm today.

According to details, the PM has invited all allied parties, the chief ministers of all four provinces and all services chiefs to the meeting.

According to reports, the current situation in the county amidst floods and rainfall would be discussed in the meeting. The stakeholders have been invited to form a common strategy to face the ongoing calamity.

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