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Govt reacts timely to help flood affectees: PM

shaukat-aziz.jpgISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that the government contributed substantially for the relief and rescue efforts including timely distribution of food, shelter and medicine to the rain and flood affected areas of Baluchistan. Talking to Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind who called on him at the Prime Minister House here on Tuesday, prime minister said the immediate rehabilitation measures would help the affectees to start a better living. He said that the federal government has already distributed about 75000 tents, 33000 blankets and 5367 tons of rations among the flood and rain affectees of Baluchistan in addition to the assistance extended by the UN agencies, Red Cross and other NGOs.

He said that the seeds for agricultural crops are also being distributed among the farmers for their rehabilitation and the roads network has been made operational with the help of armed forces. Prime Minister said that infrastructure projects like Gwadar deep sea port, Mirani Dam, Coastal highway and other projects have created large number of direct and indirect job opportunities for the people of Balochistan. Government, he said, is also encouraging investment in mining, energy, agriculture and fishing. The President’s Rozgar scheme and the National Internship Program will provide self-employment opportunities and jobs to thousand of youth all over the country including Baluchistan, he added.

Shaukat Aziz said that the government is making all out effort for socio-economic uplift of the Balochistan to bring this province at par with the more developed areas of the country. He said that Pakistan desires gradual return of Afghan refugees to their homeland so that they can take part in the reconstruction process in Afghanistan. He said the matter was also taken up during Pak-Afghan Jirga Commission held at Kabul. He said we are working in close coordination with UNHCR, donor countries and extending every possible help to the refugees so that they can start a new life in their native country.

Minister Yar Muhammad Rind updated the Prime Minister about the arrangement for facilitating Afghan refugees to return to their homeland. He said the government will continue to provide every possible facility so that the Afghan refugees can start life easily back home. He said the arrangements make so far have been acknowledged by international organizations. Rind said that the people of Baluchistan are highly appreciative of the initiatives undertaken by President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz for taking personal interest in the development and prosperity of Baluchistan. Gwadar deep-sea Port would undoubtedly change the fate of the area by generating employment and business opportunities for the people, he asserted

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