AJK PM visits quake hit areas, reviews rescue and relief operation

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MIRPUR:     (Parliament Times)     The Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Wednesday visited the quake hit areas and monitored rescue and relief operation.

He visited Jaatlan, Morra Keikri, Saang, Pull Munda, Khair Sharif and other affected areas and reviewed the damaged infrastructure and public properties.

The Prime Minister visited the District Headquarter Hospital Mirpur and inquired after the health of injured and directed the hospital administration to provide best available medical facilities to them. “The Health Department should make it sure that hospitals in quake hit areas have sufficient stock of life saving drugs”, he further directed.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Mirpur Qaisar Aurengzabe Khan thoroughly briefed him about the damages caused by the earthquake.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan directed the concerned authorities to utilize all available resources to accelerate the relief and rehabilitation operations in the affected areas.

He directed to extend best possible cooperation to the quake affectees on war footing basis. “No reluctance or negligence would be tolerated in this regard” PM warned.

Addressing the cabinet members, divisional and district’s officers here, the Prime Minister said that the natural calamity has caused severe losses to lives and properties in the division.

“It is not only a moment of grief and trial but difficult and challenging for us now to help our brethren. However, we are not alone, Pakistani nation and government and Pak Army are standing with us in this time of crisis”, Farooq Haider Khan said.

The Prime Minister lauded the role of armed forces in the recue and relief activities in the quake hit areas of the state. “I directed the administration to take immediate steps for the relief and rehabilitation of the affectees. No effort to be spared to provide basic necessities of life to the affectees at their doorsteps”, he added.

The Prime Minister said that revenue department has been directed to compile the list of damages, martyrs and injured at the earliest while the work on the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure is in process. Every martyr, injured and the affectee would get reasonable compensation. He said rehabilitation work on damaged Jaatlan road has already initiated and the Engineers of Pak Army are fully assisting AJK Highway Department to complete it as soon as possible.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan assured quake affectees that he and his team would not sit in ease until their complete rehabilitation.

On this occasion, Prime Minister expressed profound gratitude to all those who called him, messaged him and offered assistance for the relief and rehabilitation work in the affected areas.

He particularly thanked Chief of Army Staff General Qammar Javed Bajwa for always extending invaluable support and providing assistance to the civilian administration in natural disasters.

The Prime Minister also lauded the courage and resilience of Kashmiri people to face the crisis situation. He appreciated the civil society of Mirpur for coming out and generously supporting the quake victims. He expressed hope that soon after completion of the rescue operation, reconstruction process would be started in the affected areas. The Prime Minister would continue his visit to monitor the rescue operation in the quake hit areas today (Thursday).