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Prime Minister grieved over rain-related deaths, losses -
LONDON, Apr 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday expressed grief over the losses of life and properties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province due to torrential rains.


Pakistan to continue striving for Ummah unity -
ISTANBUL, April 26 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Sunday said that Pakistan would continue making efforts for the unity of Muslim Ummah.


Prime Minister congratulates nation on successful LB polls -
LONDON, Apr 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday congratulated the nation on the peaceful and successful completion of the local bodies elections held in cantonment boards throughout the country.


UN chief sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley -
UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent his deepest condolences to the government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country Saturday.


PM aggrieved over loss of lives in Sibbi blast -
LONDON, Apr 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday expressed grief and sorrow over the bomb blast in Sibbi and loss of precious lives.


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Rashid victorious in Thailand
ISLAMABAD, Apr 26 (APP): Pakistan Davis Cup Captain Rashid Malik has added another feather to his cap by winning the 55+ Singles title of the ITF Seniors Pro Circuit, Grade 4 Tournament held at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club, Thailand.
 
Pak Army wins one day, T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team
RAWALPINDI, April 25 (APP): Pak Army won the one day and T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team.
 
Pak Army wins one day, T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team
RAWALPINDI, April 25 (APP): Pak Army won the one day and T-20 cricket series against Australian Army cricket team.
 
Islamabad wins Wheelchair Cricket Tournament
ISLAMABAD, Apr 25 (APP): Islamabad thrashed Mardan by 14 runs in the final of 6th All Pakistan National Bank Wheelchair Users Cricket Tournament played here at Jinnah Stadium of Pakistan Sports Complex on Saturday.
 
Women cricket trials on April 28: Raham Bibi
PESHAWAR, Apr 25 (APP): Coordinator of Pakistan Cricket Board for Peshawar Region Raham Bibi Saturday said that the trials for the selection of Peshawar Region Senior Women Cricket team will be held at Frontier College for Women on April 28, 2015 at 9 am.
 
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Compensation package for Hunza affectees soon; Gilani PDF Print E-mail
ALTIT (HUNZA), May 21 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that following the damage assessment a compensation package would soon be announced for the Hunza lake affectees and assured funds from the federal government on priority.Gilani who is here on a day-long visit to assess the situation caused by the landsliding at Atta Abad and the blockage of the Hunza river, said it was important to turn challenges into opportunities.He prayed for those killed in the natural calamity and appreciated the courage with which the people braved the disaster.  He said it was a temporary phase and they would be able to return to their homes soon.

He said the 22 km stretch of damaged portion of Karakoram Highway would be repaired as soon as the water recedes. He also promised generation of economic activity so that the people who have suffered financial loss may stand up on their feet.
Prime Minister Gilani regretted the delay in disbursement of the funds for the Gilgit Baltistan and assured that allocations would be made for the people in the budget.
He said government was committed to empower the people, and particularly the women and would do all to remove their sense of deprivation.
He said the smart cards under the Benazir Income Support Program would help the people meet their basic needs. He said the government of Pakistan Peoples Party would ensure that the promises made to the people by Shaheeds Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto would be kept and they would soon witness a positive change in their lives.
He regretted that due to bad weather he could not visit earlier and said he however kept in touch with the authorities about measures to drain the lake and relief activities.
The lake was created on January 4 as a huge landslide blocked the flow of Hunza river and carried along with it the Atta Abad village. The artificial lake has stretched back to 23 km, submerging a number of low-lying villages, destroying crops and fruit trees.
Estimates put the volume at around 100,000 acre feet and was rising daily as increasing summer heat melted the glaciers upstream.
Prime Minister, accompanied by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, also had an aerial view of the artificial lake and the affected areas.
He was informed that the boat service has been stopped and stranded people would be ferried through helicopters and supplies dropped.
Earlier he was received at the airport by Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chief Minister and Federal Minister in charge.
Earlier Chairman NDMA Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed briefed the prime minister about the situation and measures taken to address any eventuality, soon after his arrival in Gilgit.
According to his estimates water will start flowing over the 24 meter deep and 1300 meter long spillway created by the Frontier Works Organisation by May 25 and said arrangements have been made for 24,000 IDPs from 32 villages.
He said camps have been set up at government schools and arrangements made to provide them food, shelter and medical assistance.
He said those killed in the landsliding have been paid a compensation of Rs 0.5 million each, while Rs 100,000 provided for the injured. This total amount of Rs 10.2 million was distributed amongst families of 6 missing, 3 killed and 7 injured people.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the FWO, the NDMA and other agencies and volunteers that made hectic efforts to provide relief to the affected people.
He visited the Control Room and the IDP camp to see arrangements for the displaced people. He met the people and assured that the government would take all steps to take care of them in their hour of need.
Gilani also inaugurated the Benazir Langar at the relief camps of Hunza Nagar and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), established for the Internally Displaced Persons of Hunza Lake, by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal.
He appreciated the swift arrangements made by the Managing Director PBM Zamurd Khan in this regard. Gilani was informed that some 50 truck loads had been dispatched from Islamabad, that would reach Gilgit in two or three days.
He said milk, sweets and toys would also be provided to the children sheltering in the camps.
 
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