Shehbaz Sharif directs to reduce load-shedding in Chitral

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed to take immediate measures to reduce load-shedding in Chitral.

Chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Friday regarding resolution of problems pertaining to power and infrastructure in Chitral, he said the people of this area cannot be kept under darkness anymore. He said any delay in resolution of Chitral's power problems will not be tolerated.

The Prime Minister has also sought a detailed report in this regard from the Minister and the Secretary Power Division.

Shehbaz Sharif instructed to immediately replace the obsolete transmission system of electricity in Chitral with a modern one. He directed the Power Division to immediately evolve a strategy in consultation with Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization.

The Prime Minister said provision of jobs to local people on priority basis should be ensured in development projects and government organizations in Chitral. He said infrastructure problems of the area should be resolved at the earliest.

The Prime Minister also sought a report on the assistance provided to the flood victims. He said development of backward areas and providing equal development opportunities to the people of such regions is top priority of the government.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was informed about load-shedding and infrastructure problems in Chitral. The participants of the meeting also thanked Shehbaz Sharif for his personal interest in helping and rehabilitating the victims of Chitral during the flood.

The Prime Minister issued instructions to the concerned authorities to take immediate steps for resolution of all the problems of Chitral.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, UN agree on building resilience in hazard prone areas

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) have agreed to establish benchmarks for joint ventures to meet common objectives for building resilience and better response mechanism in hazard prone areas.

The understanding to this effect reached during a meeting between Chairman NDMA, Lieutenant General Inam Haider Malik and Head of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Pakistan, Carlos Geha in Islamabad on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman NDMA said that Pakistan aims to strengthen the community based preparedness regime through national level simulation exercises to mitigate the impact of climate-induced disasters/emergencies in the country.

He said that digitally updated National Emergencies and Operations Center would be house of collaborative data for early warning system, generating alerts and information-based decision making for proactive management of disaster or emergency in given circumstance.

The Chairman NDMA also outlined the role of National Institute of Disaster Management to facilitate multi-sectoral researches in the field disaster management and formulate research- driven modules for contingency plans and mock exercises to build national resilience towards climatic hazards.

On this occasion, the head of Head of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs commended the NDMA’s plan to transform disaster management system in Pakistan and extended his organization’s full support to accomplish these tasks.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan stands with people of Palestine: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says Pakistan stands with people of Palestine.

In a tweet on Friday, he said Israel continues to massacre innocent Palestinians with impunity and killing of ten Palestinians including an elderly woman in Occupied West Bank calls for the strongest condemnation.

The Prime Minister stressed that sustainable peace in Middle East is linked to two-state solution of the Palestine issue.

Source: Radio Pakistan