LAHORE: Federal Minister for States & Frontier Region Lt. General ® Abdul Qadir Baloch has sought business community help for provision of pedestal fans, water coolers and tents to around one million IDPs for their survival in this hot and humid weather.
The Federal Minister was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari presented the address of welcome while Vice President Kashif Anwar also spoke on the occasion. Former LCCI President Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal, Executive Committee Member Mian Zahid Javaid Ahmad were also present on the occasion.
The Minister said that Zarb-e-Azb is bigger and difficult war than the wars of 1965 and 1971, therefore, the whole nation would have to show solidarity with their displaced brothers and sisters (IDPs).
The Federal Minister said that the ongoing war was very difficult in the sense that the enemy is from the within while in the wars of 1965 and 1971, the targets were very clear and out of the border.
The Federal Minister said Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are national heroes saying the government and nation value their sacrifices.
He said that the federal government was providing all possible facilities to the IDPs with the coordination of Pakistan Army and local administration.
He said that the government has deputed medical teams from Pakistan Institutes of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and Punjab government to provide medical facilities to the IDPs.
The minister said that until now ration has been provided to one hundred thousand IDPs families and each food packet contains one hundred kilogram commodities.
The minister said that the federal government has allocated Rs 2 billion for cash grants to the IDPs and more will be provided as soon as this amount is exhausted.
He said that Rs 1 billion was given to the Pakistan Army in Bannu for providing various facilities to the IDPs and 60,000 metric tons of wheat donated to World Food Programme for distribution to IDPs valued at Rs 2.28 billion.
The minister said that federal government was also providing cash grant to each family of IDPs including Rs 12,000 per month as subsistence allowance, Rs 5,000 one time for non food items and Rs 20,000 one time as Ramazan package.
He said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was providing cash grants including Rs 3,000 per month as House Rent Allowance and Rs 5,000 one time as Ramazan package respectively.
Baloch said that Punjab government was providing a monthly cash grant of Rs 7,000 to each family. He said that after Ramazan combined monthly grant per family by the three governments will be Rs 22,000.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the business community would extend every possible help to the IDPs. He said that the IDPs are Pakistanis like us and would not be left alone in this hour of need.
The LCCI President said that the business community salutes the armed forces for their sacrifices for the cause of peace in this country.
Engineer Sohail Lashari said that in a meeting, he had assured the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry would not stay behind and maximum financial support would be extended to the IDPs in next few days.
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