Pakistan

Rs 500 mln fund established for IDPs, says Shahbaz

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that Rs. 500 million fund has been established to help the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

Talking to media in Lahore while sending relief goods for the IDPs of North Waziristan, Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is fighting for its survival.

Pakistan’s armed forces have launched an offensive ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azb’ against militants in North Waziristan tribal region, a hotbed of militancy in the country.

He said the steps have been taken to foil the possible reactions of the terrrorists.

Shahbaz said that the nation has been united for the help of the displaced persons and a fund of Rs. 500 million has been established. He said the ministers and the lawmakers will donate their salaries of one month for the fund.

He appealed philanthropists to donate for their war-hit brethren and promised to spend every penny of the donation over the affected people.

The chief minister said that the government of Punjab has sent Rs. 100 million relief goods for the displaced persons of North Waziristan Agency.

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