SC takes suo motu notice as 41 children perish of malnutrition in Thar; compensations announced
THARPARKAR: The Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan Tasaduq Hussain Jilani on Friday took suo motu notice of the famine-like situation following severe drought in Tharparkar claiming lives of 41 children in the district, ARY News reported.
A three-member bench of the SC will hear the case on March 10. The chief justice summoned an official of the rank of additional secretary to the court.
Meanwhile, the provincial government eventually galvanized into action and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah imposed an emergency in provincial secretariat to speed up relief works for affected Thar people. The provincial government also announced compensation of Rs 2,00,000 each for the heir of victims.
Khawaja Gharib Nawaz Welfare Trust announced free ration and financial assistance to the victims. The trust announced Rs 5,000 each to the drought-hit victims.
Pakistan Army has dispatched relief goods to the site along with lady workers and paramedical staff. Besides,
Chairman Bahria Town and property tycoon Malik Riaz announced Rs 200 million in assistance to the drought-hit people of Tharparkar.