MIRPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting here today during which he was briefed about the deaths and damages caused by earthquake in Azad Kashmir (AJK).
During the meeting, that was also attended by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur and the Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), concerned authorities informed about the relief measures and the strategy for rehabilitation of quake victims. Prime Minister Imran Khan also visited District Hospital Mirpur to inquire about the health of those wounded due to the earthquake.
Here the PM was received by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal receive the premier upon his arrival. Before his departure from Islamabad the PM ordered formation of a cabinet committee that will monitor relief and rescue operations for earthquake victims in the affected areas of the country.
According to Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal, the NDMA continued its rescue activities in Azad Kashmir and other parts on 6th day after the earthquake destruction: “The life has been restored [in the quake affected areas]. The schools in Mirpur are closed from September 24,” NDMA chief said while briefing the media about situation in Azad Kashmir.”
PM’s Mirpur visit came just a day after his return from New York where he attended the United Nations’ General Assembly session.
Earlier on September 24, while addressing the newsmen, Lt Gen. Mohammad Afzal had said that rescue activities in the earthquake hit areas will continue till next two days in order to ensure safe exit of stranded people.
“All the concerned departments will focus on rescue operations for next two days in the earthquake-hit parts including Azad Kashmir, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he said, adding that the relief activities would start from next week.
Speaking on the casualties in today’s earthquake, Afzal said that he couldn’t confirm accurate number of dead people as rescue operation is underway.
“At this time, it is difficult to tell how many people lost their lives in the quake. Rescue operation is underway. We will issue the detailed report once the operation is completed,” he said and added that approximately over 150 people are injured.
A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Mirpur was briefed about the deaths and damages caused by earthquake in Azad Kashmir.
The meeting was also informed about the relief measures and the strategy for rehabilitation of quake victims.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur and the Chairman National Disaster Management Authority are attending the meeting.
The Prime Minister has arrived District Hospital Mirpur to inquire about the health of those wounded in the calamity.