MITHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced a relief package of one billion rupees for the assistance of famine-hit people of Tharparkar.
He made the announcement while attending a briefing on Tharparkar situation in Mithi Monday.
The briefing was also attended by patron-in-chief of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, former provincial chief minister belonging to the district Arbab Ghulam Rahim, provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and other senior members of the PPP.
The Prime Minister said steps should be taken to ensure that such a situation does not recur.
Voicing concerns over deaths of people in famine hit area‚ he said the people who are not ready to migrate to other places should be given health facilities at their doorsteps through mobile units.
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday took notice of the strict security measures taken to protect him during his visit to the drought-hit Tharparkar.
The security protocol caused trouble to the people of Mithi as access to a local hospital was blocked. The Prime Minister directed that all the hospitals should remain opened for the patients.
PM had directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to immediately get in touch with authorities in Sindh and provide all possible aid and assistance.
The Prime Minister directed that all the hospitals, government and non-government organizations and other health centers should remain opened for the patients.
There is no proper healthcare facility in the Mithi Civil Hospital where the 32 children have died because of malnutrition.
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MITHI: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif immediately after his arrival at Mithi visited civil hospital‚ Mithi and inquired about the health of ailing children admitted there for treatment.
He directed the doctors and para-medical staff on duty to provide best medical facilities to the children and take all the necessary measures to save the lives of drought hit children.
Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari accompanied the Prime Minister.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Mirpur Khas to visit the drought hit Tharparkar district.
The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah received the Prime Minister at the airport.
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid is accompanying the Prime Minister. More details
MITHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited the district hospital in Mithi on Monday.
Accompanied by Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Bilawal met with and spoke to patients and their families. But what stunned the Sindhi-speaking mothers in the hospital when they heard Bilawal talking to them in English language but unfortunately the mothers did not understand a word of Bilawal.
However, Information minister Sharjeel Mamon who was accompanying Bilawal, came to the rescue and acted as a translator and told the mothers of affected children that Bilawal Bhutto is here to enquire about the health of your children.
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KARACHI: Five members of a family were gunned down here in the wee hours of Monday.
The opponent group of Lyari gang war allegedly kidnapped five family members, residents of Mawach Goth area of Baldia Town, and threw their bullet-riddled body after two hours.
The victims are identified as Javed, Muhammad Ismail, Taj Muhammad, Shoaib Jan and Faisal. The heirs of victims told Geo news that Ismail, and Taj and Shoaib were boxers. Sheraz Comrade groupe of Lyari gang war killed their family members, they alleged.
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SIALKOT: Minister for Defence and Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said government is taking revolutionary and practical steps to steer the country out of crisis.
Talking to party workers in Sialkot‚ he said the PML-N government has successfully put the country on way to progress and prosperity and is taking all decisions in the national interest.
Khawaja Asif directed the government departments to utilize their full energies to serve the masses with devotion and dedication.
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Lahore: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday agreed to be part of Taliban nominated committee for dialogue process.
Talking to media persons here Khan nominated KPK minister Gulzar Khan for dialogue committee.
He said most groups of Taliban support dialogue process adding that dialogue is the only way to follow for restoration peace in the country.
PTI chief said ANP, PPP and MQM are fighting proxy war of America adding that war on terror was never Pakistan’s battle.
Khan termed Sindh government responsible for Tharparkar’s drought tragedy.
Government is busy in cultural festivals while thousands of citizens suffer from shortage of food, he said.
PTI Chief expressed concerns over conditions of drought-stricken citizens of Tharparkar.
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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has ordered that missing persons including Yasin Shah be recovered and produced before it till today till 11.30 a.m and if it is not done then court will issue serious orders under the powers rested with it under law.
A 3-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the case of hearing of 35 missing persons case here Monday.
The court while seeking progress report from Attorney General (AG) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) government within 24 hours in 35 missing persons case has remarked “ investigation is responsibility of provincial government and initiating proceedings against the accused is domain of federal government. Stop making mockery of court. Prima Facie chief executive, federal government, governor and chief executive KPK have not implemented court’s orders so far.
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ISLAMABAD: Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al-Qaeda may attempt to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf, Interior Ministry reported on Monday.
According to media reports in a letter sent to defense secretary, PM and president, the Interior Ministry stated that the retired general was facing life threats.
The ministry said that Musharraf may be targeted by his own men the way slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer was gunned down by his security guard.
The letter stated that an assassination plot was also made to attack Musharraf’s vehicle while he left for court from hospital.
It is worthy to mention that Musharraf is due to appear before special court in high treason case on March 11.
Earlier, Musharraf’s lawyer also presented a threatening letter in special court, claiming that it was sent by TTP.
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ISLAMABAD: Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf lawyer, Ahmed Raza Kasuri has said his client will not appear before the special court on Tuesday (March 11). Kasuri said his client would not appear until the court provided fool-proof security. Earlier, the interior ministry had written a letter to intelligence agencies and police outlining threats to the former president. The letter stated that Musharraf had received threats from terrorist groups and maybe attacked on his way to the court. Earlier, Pakistan’s Interior Ministry said that al-Qaeda and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) could attack Pervez Musharaf and the army chief facing series of cases including treason charges.
In a letter to the president, the prime minister and the defence ministry, the interior ministry said the security agencies fear that Pervez Musharraf could be targeted like Salman Taseer, former Punjab governor who was assassinated by his own guard in the country’s capital in 2011.
The letter stated that Musharraf’s security may have the al-Qaeda, the TTP sympathizers, adding that the former president could be targeted by a road side bomb blast. More details
MITHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refused to attend luncheon arranged by the Government of Sindh, directing that expenses should be diverted for the relief of famine-hit people in Tharparkar.
Reports said the prime minister, on the occasion, directed the concerned officials to spend the amount -- that could be used on the meal -- to the affectees, adding the money from national exchequer should be spent on drought-hit people instead of meals.
PM Nawaz Sharif flew into Mithi area in southern Sindh province where hunger reportedly killed dozens of children over the past few months.
A total of 67 death cases of infants and children have been reported in Tharparkar district in three months, according to an official report. However, media reports had put the death toll at 126.
The report, presented in the Supreme Court during the hearing, stated that 26 deaths were reported in Dece More details