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Political parties should remain united in this difficult time: Firdous Ashiq

MIRPUR: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has urged all political parties to stand united in the difficult time and leave their grudge for the sake of the country.

“No matter which party you belong to, as a Pakistani, you should all remain united in this difficult time and help the affected people. They are our brothers, our own people,” said Firdous while talking to the media while visiting the quake-hit areas.

The SAPM also condemned the remarks that were linked with her statement regarding the destruction in yesterday’s earthquake on social media and said it was shameful that her statement was misrepresented.

“No one could be immediately aware of the initial damage caused by the earthquake until reports emerge,” she said, adding her comments were misstated by a specific media group.

Commenting on the relief activities for the affected families Mirpur AJK, the special assistant said: “Federal government will fully compensate the losses suffered by the people due to earthquake in Azad Kashmir and will evolve a way forward for the relief and rehabilitation of the quake affected people.”

Dr Firdous also visited the Divisional Hospital of Mirpur along with the Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan Lt. General Mohammad Afzal and met with the injured people. On the occasion, she assured that the hospital will be provided with all the necessary equipment including the portable X-Ray to treat those who are wounded in the quake.

According to sources in NDMA and other individuals at the helm of affairs, the death toll from Tuesday (24th September, 2019) earthquake that struck the north of Pakistan, rose to 34.

NDMA Chairman has also confirmed that 34 people lost their lives due to yesterday’s earthquake (24 in Mirpur, 9 in Jatlan and 1 in Jhelum). It has further been learnt that 459 people got injured (160 gravely) who are being treated at different medical facilities.

Lt. General Mohammad Afzal informed that foreign diplomatic missions and Pakistani philanthropists had contacted NDMA for any support needed. He said that they were told that no outside aid was required.

Twelve people died on way to Mirpur’s Divisional Headquarters Hospital while others expired when tremors struck villages between Jatlan and Khari Sharif. 150 wounded are being treated at the DHQ Hospital, five were shifted to CMH Mangla and five more were shifted to CMH Rawalpindi. Other injured were allowed to go back home after necessary treatment.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.