The Jamaat-e-Islami has distributed initial amount of Rs5 million to about 200 families affected by the September 11 fire at a factory in Baldia. It will also pay a monthly stipend of Rs2,500 for each child of a victim till they matriculate. The orphaned girls would be fully assisted till they complete their education.
JI Pakistan chief Syed Munawar Hassan distributed the cheques at a small ceremony at the party’s Karachi headquarter on Wednesday.
He admitted that it was a small amount and could not compensate for the lives lost but it would hopefully mitigate some of the financial problems.
So far 259 people have been declared dead in the incident. Out of this 202 were residents of Baldia and Orangi towns, six from the central district, one from Bin Qasim. Also, 39 bodies have yet to be identified. The heirs of 11 victims have not approached any government authority.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2012.
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