PM chairs emergency meeting, reviews relief, rescue measures

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a high-level emergency meeting to review there lief measures taken in the wake of the earthquake that struck Pakistan, Afghanistan and some parts of India on Monday.

The meeting was convened to discuss comprehensive plan to tackle the situation in the aftermath of the disaster that resulted in the loss of lives and damaged infrastructure.National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General Asghar Nawaz updated the prime minister about the relief measures taken as quick response to the earthquake.

The prime minister was briefed about the operation of NDMA’s National Emergency Operation Centre which was promptly activated after the earthquake and was monitoring the situation round the clock. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif apprised the prime minister about the relief measures taken by the Pakistan Army in the earthquake-hit areas.

He mentioned that troops had been mobilised for carrying outrescue operation in the earthquake-affected areas while all the Combined Military Hospitals (CMHs) had been put on high alert.The meeting was attended by Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, Interior Affairs Minister Chaurdhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.

Besides the army chief, Director General of Military Operations Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, National Highway Authority Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tararand ISPR Director General Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa were also present. On Monday, the prime minister had directed civil, military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and mobilise all resources to ensure security of the people affected by the earthquake.

On his directive, a Crisis Management Cell was established at the PM House to coordinate with all civil,military and provincial agencies for damage assessment, rescue,relief and recovery operations.

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