Qaim Ali Shah announces Rs2 lacs each for families of children who died in Thar

Says director health as well as director and deputy director livestock have been suspended.

Web Desk/APP/saqib Nasir March 07, 2014
Express News screengrab of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

KARACHI: The families of the children who lost their lives in Tharpakar will receive Rs0.2 million each, announced Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah while speaking to the media in Karachi.

According to Mithi taluka hospital, at least 121 children have died during a drought in Tharparkar in three months.

The Sindh chief minister also said that director health as well as the director and the deputy director livestock have been suspended.

He further stated that the affected children were not sent to good hospitals as a result of negligence, which added to the dire situation in the district, adding that there was only one hospital in Tharparkar.

Shah added that the children were dying because of pneumonia and malnutrition.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif expressed grief over the deaths caused by the famine in Tharparkar. He stated that the government and people of Punjab are with the affectees in this difficult time.

He instructed the Director General (DG) Provincial Disaster Management Authority Punjab (PDMA) to send relief aid as soon as possible.

Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani asking him to take notice of the 32 children who died in February as a result of the famine in Tharparkar.

Meanwhile, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Nabeel Gabol asked the Minister for Food Sindh to resign from his portfolio due to the Tharparkar incident.

Talking to the media outside the Parliament House, he said the Sindh government had spent billions of rupees on the Sindh festival but did not take concrete steps to save the lives of children who died in Tharparkar due to food shortage.

He added that the chairman of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari should spend one week in Tharparkar to show solidarity with the families of the children who died.


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Savy | 7 years ago | Reply Will the people eat the money? Will the money heal their wounds or make them feel better? They need proper hospitals, proper wells and reservoirs and basic facilities like electricity. So keep your money!
Salman | 7 years ago | Reply Would 2 lacs bring the dead childrens back to life? Shame on PPP and its supporters.
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