WFP delegation meets PM AJK, grieves over loss of lives caused by avalanches

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PM thanks WFP delegates for extending generous support in affected,

ISLAMABAD:    (Parliament Times)     A three member delegation of World Food Program headed by its Country Director for Pakistan Mr. Finbur called on Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Raja Farooq Haider Khan here on Monday.

The delegation comprising Deputy Director WFP Ms. Arnhild and Head of Partnerships Jennifer Mckay expressed deep sorrow over the losses of precious lives and properties in avalanche tragedy in Neelum and assured all out assistance by their organization in ongoing relief operation in the affected areas.

Speaking on the occasion, Country Director Mr. Finbur said that after contact from Prime Minister Azad Kashmir’s Secretariat, WFP had completed its necessary arrangements. “Food, medicines and other relief goods would be distributed among the victims in calamity hit areas”, he told.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan expressed his profound gratitude to WFP delegates for extending generous support in affected areas of the state.

He directed Minister State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to extend all possible cooperation to the organization maintaining complete coordination with Pak Army and National Disaster Management Authority.

Speaker AJK Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, Minister SDMA Ahmed Raza Qadir and others were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, a high level meeting presided over by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan reviewed the status of flour shortage in the state.

Minister Food and other relevant officials attended the meeting.

The meeting particularly reviewed the flour demand and the status of available stock in upper areas of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister said that there is no flour shortage in any part of the state and required stock is available with us. “However, those areas where flour supply is affected due to the recent torrential rains and heavy snowfall, the process of supply must be accelerated”, he directed.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan told that sufficient stock of flour is available in rains, snowfall affected areas till April this year.

“No one would be allowed to create artificial flour crisis in the state”, PM warned.

The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure uninterrupted supply of wheat to the flour mill in the state.

He directed Finance Department to release required funds in this regard.

Earlier, in his briefing, Minister Foods Syed Shoukat Ali Shah told Prime Minister that sufficient stock of wheat is available in Azad Kashmir and its constant supply to the flour mills is being ensured.

He said that his department itself distributes the flour throughout the state.