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Pakistan: NA body to donate Rs. 5m for quake victims

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SLAMABAD (NNI): The National Assembly Relief Committee has decided to donate Rs.5 million for the earthquake affectees of Balochistan. The amount will be given from the Speaker's Relief Fund established for the displaced people of FATA. This decision was taken in a meeting of Relief Committee presided by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly in the Parliament House Wednesday. While discussing the relief activities, Madam Speaker said that government was aware of the plight of internally displaced people of FATA and Earthquake affectees of Balochistan and has taken measures for their relief and rehabilitation. She said that knowing the predicament of the effected people, the parliamentarians showed their concern and consequently "The Speaker's Relief Fund" was established. Besides Members of the National Assembly, industrialists, affluent people and general public have also donated in the fund generously. She said that a substantial amount of that Fund has already been given to the affectees of FATA in form of cheques. The committee reviewed the relief operations in FATA and the earthquake effected areas of Balochistan and expressed satisfaction on the relief work carried out by government and international donors. The Committee decided to donate Rs.5 million to the earthquake affectees of Balochistan. Besides, the committee also decided to donate 2000 blankets to the effected people of Balochistan. The committee was apprised that in wake of impending winter weather, the earthquake victims of Balochistan were dire need of relief and rehabilitation. The committee also asked the Provincial Government to expedite the relief and rehabilitation activities the remote areas of Balochistan. It was also decided that a group of parliamentarians including MNAs from Ziarat and earthquake effected areas will visit the areas and deliver the relief goods and cash to the effected people. The meeting was attended by Faisal Karim Kundi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Senator Prof. Muhammad Ibrahim, Syed Akhunzada Chitan, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari and Mr. Masood Abass.
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