Sunday, October 09, 2005

Pakistan: 1 5 Billion Rupees relief package announced

ISLAMABAD, Oct 8: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday announced Rs1 billion relief package for the victims of earthquake that jolted Islamabad, Rawalpindi, other parts of the country and Azad Kashmir on Saturday.

“I have already announced Rs1 billion package for the relief work,” he told journalists during his visit to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Saturday.

Friendly countries were sending assistance after the arrival of which the rescue work would gain further momentum, he added.

Mr Aziz described the earthquake as a great tragedy and said: “This is truly a testing time for the nation.” It would be too early to tell the exact death toll, he added and expressed the fear that it might be in thousands.

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Jang reports that in a special emergency cabinet meeting, "[Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz] also enhanced the relief package amount to Rs. five billion from earlier one billion rupees adding that the amount will be used for providing help and succor to the needy."
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