PM: (High-level emergency meeting reviews quake relief, rescue operation)


ISLAMABAD: A high-level emergency meeting with Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair was held here on Tuesday to finalize a comprehensive plan to tackle the situation in the wake of Monday’s earthquake.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Asghar Nawaz updated the Prime Minister about the relief measures taken as quick response to the earthquake.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif apprised the meeting about the relief measures taken by Pakistan Army in the earthquake-hit areas. He mentioned that troops had been mobilized for carrying out rescue operation in the earthquake-affected areas, while all the Combined Military Hospitals were put on high alert.

The meeting was attended among others by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan and the ministers including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.

The Prime Minister has already directed all federal civil military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and mobilize all resources to ensure security of people affected by the strong earthquake.

A Crisis Management Cell has been established at the PM House to coordinate with all federal civil, military, and provincial agencies for damage assessment, rescue, relief and recovery operations.