Quake relief fund: PM urges nation to donate generously

Published: September 29, 2013

Donations can be deposited in State Bank treasuries, all branches of National Bank, all branches of Scheduled Banks PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday made an impassioned plea to the nation to donate generously to a relief fund set up for the quake survivors of Balochistan.

“The Prime Minister’s Balochistan Earthquake Relief Fund 2013 was established in all scheduled banks and people can make donations in this account,” said a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office. “The fund has been established immediately through a Finance Division notification. Donations can be deposited in the State Bank treasuries, all branches of National Bank and all branches of Scheduled Banks.”

Pakistani diplomatic missions abroad can also receive donations.

The premier also directed that a comprehensive compensation and rehabilitation plan be prepared and presented to him immediately upon his return from New York on Sunday.

A high-level meeting carried out damage assessment of the quake-hit areas on Saturday. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan presided over the meeting.

“It must be ensured that every affected household be helped and at least one month food ration initially should be provided immediately to each household,” said the prime minister. Pakistan Army, Frontier Corp and civilian administration should maintain equality in the transportation and distribution of aid.

“All these measures should be completed within a week,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • BrainDeadZombieFreedomFighters
    Sep 29, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Such an insult to the people. While inflation skyrockets, which affects only us we’re supposed to donate “generously” while these multi-billionaires remain scot-free. Why aren’t there more contributions from them? This country will remain by the thread, neither here nor there, just enough for whosoever wants to pocket cash may do so. When the bubble bursts, hand the mess over to the army while they can reap their profits. I suggest any decent family out there, who can afford it to just leave this place. Even God has left.

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  • piddler
    Sep 29, 2013 - 11:16AM

    Your friends will indeed donate generously but will ask for one or two SRO ‘s in exchange. That’s generosity paki styleRecommend

  • Humayun
    Sep 29, 2013 - 1:21PM

    Give me one good reason to donate through IMF run government when I have not been treated with fairly as a Tax Payer – Education, Health care, Infrastructure, Security, law n order, bribery, nepotism… I prefer donating to the private organisations who are actually reaching out to the survivors compared to the government delays reported in e-media and social media

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  • Humayun
    Sep 29, 2013 - 1:23PM

    PM and CM Balochistan touring abroad making appeals on top of our taxes while survivors continue to suffer

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  • Tariq
    Sep 29, 2013 - 1:39PM

    We encourage PM to donate generously………………

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  • Hedgefunder
    Sep 29, 2013 - 3:18PM

    Here we go ! Another Begging bowl round in the name of the poor, but will they actually see any of the aid or assistance ? the answer is NO, just as in past !

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  • Zakir
    Sep 29, 2013 - 3:53PM

    ask the previous government for donations …tap their Swiss Accounts and their French Castles and their English Country Homes .

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  • taz
    Sep 29, 2013 - 5:50PM

    oh yea and meanwhile the PM is spending millions of tax payers money having a lavish foreign tour.

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  • unbelievable
    Sep 29, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Fascinating – based on the above posts you won’t donate to your own people because you don’t like Sharif, don’t like IMF, don’t think the rich donate enough, or because rich have swiss bank accounts. Doubt that the people in Balochistan agree with your “rationale”. Bottom line – if Pakistani’s won’t support your own then why should the outside World? The fact of the matter is most Pakistani’s don’t pay taxes and most don’t pay your utility bills – how about taking some of that money and give to the people who need it?

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  • shahid Malik
    Sep 30, 2013 - 2:14AM

    Has any one seen any aid pledged by any Arab Country? Did USA or any of the European countries come out with any offer of help? This is how good our Foreign Minister – the honourable PM, is working. The World Community has quietly stepped away, the Arab royalty who love to hunt here have turned a blind eye. Thank you Prime Minister for being the FM and allowing the grand old baba adviser to distance Pakistan from the rest of the world.

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  • shahid Malik
    Sep 30, 2013 - 2:25AM

    The Fund established will be managed by Honourable Minister Mr Dar. Remember the Qarz Uttaro scheme of the bygone days was also managed by Honourable Minister Mr Dar.
    Govt employees have no choice but the rest do. Edhi Trust or Gharib nawaz Trust will do better.
    We must donate but must weigh the options at hand.

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  • MOHAMMAD
    Sep 30, 2013 - 8:46AM

    please give us account numbers in papers , in press so that we can donate from the foreign countries. WHOLE OF THE PAKISTAN WILL donate. we have a MUSLIM heart. we feel for brothers in WHOLE COUNTRY.

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