Chief Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif has directed his party leaders and workers to shun politics till the Eid-ul-Fitr and work wholeheartedly for the welfare of the earthquake affectees, and contribute substantially towards this cause.
This was stated by Secretary General PML (N) Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri after Party meeting held at its secretariat on Tuesday. Flanked by MPA Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan, Qadri stated that on the directions of Nawaz Sharif, the party would not be involved in any kind of politics till the Eid-ul-Fitr. He also talked about the relief efforts made so far by his party across the Punjab, and camps established in this regard. He told that three major camps have been established at Islamabad, Hazara and Murree, which were being supervised by senior party leaders. "We have established major camps in all the districts and 10 camps each in big cities of the Province. Today, we need unity and work for the welfare of the earthquake affectees," he stated.
Nawaz Sharif has also asked the leaders and workers of the Party to make efforts for arranging minimum of Rs 1 billion items for the affectees. Nawaz Sharif asked workers to concentrate on helping the masses without any political considerations. "I just wanted to help those injured and affectees myself. I am always for helping the masses whenever they need me," he stated.
While addressing the meeting, Central Secretary Finance PML (N) MNA Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, has appealed to the political and social organisations, particularly the PML(N) workers, to come forward and play their role in the tasks f relief and rescue operations for the recovery of affected persons trapped under the debris and to provide food and shelter to the displaced population in Muzaffarabad, Balakot, Rawalakot and other worst affected areas. He said the extent of devastation of earthquake had not yet been ascertained correctly while the relief operation in the worst affected areas around the epicentre in Balakot, Rawalakot and Muzaffarabad were insufficient. "The stories of relief operation are restricted to cosmetic arrangements and that too in cities while on the ground, there is little to help the affected persons. As a result the casualties are expected much higher than the earlier estimates. The villages and towns have vanished from the earth, roads and telecommunication links disturbed and thousands are missing," he added.