ISLAMABAD - The PM Mian Nawaz Sharif has said that following holy Ramazan's true spirit of sacrifice, the nation should show unity with the Internally Displaced Persons at this difficult time.
"Holy Ramazan teaches us love, brotherhood and human respect. We cannot ignore our brothers and sisters from North Waziristan who are staying at camps, leaving their homes for sake of peace in the country," the Prime Minister said in his message on the onset of holy month of Ramazan.
He said that the government would never leave the IDPs in lurch and extend all possible facilities to them.
“Ramazan teaches us sacrifice and at this difficult time, we should act like one nation so that our brothers and sisters do not face any difficulty," he remarked. He thanked Allah Almighty for bestowing Muslims with the holy month of Ramazan once more.
"Alhamdulillah, I am again availing a noble opportunity of congratulating the Pakistani nation on the onset of this holy month as an elected Prime Minister. For this I am thankful to Allah Almighty," Nawaz Sharif remarked.
He said Ramazan educates self-accountability, self-restriction and sacrifice. It also gives a sense of subservience to Allah Almighty under which man tries to use his independence according to the will of God. This lesson guides us to live our whole life according to a discipline, sense of obedience and peace, he said. "For us, Ramazan is also a month of accountability both nationally as well as collectively," he said.
Nawaz Sharif said fasting was an important worship to teach high moral principles and more than it, there could be no effective method of learning patience, steadfastness and sacrifice. The Prime Minister said Islam teaches moderation with no room for extremism, violence and narrow-mindedness. The basic objective of Islamic teachings was to open up avenues of peace and justice for the humans, he added. "I pray to Allah Almighty to enable us live our lives following true Islamic teachings and shower his blessings on the whole Muslim Ummah particularly Pakistan," he said.
WFP TO CONTINUE DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AMONG IDPS
The United Nations WFP will continue to provide food assistance to approximately half a million recently displaced families from North Waziristan who have left their homes and are staying in different parts of KPK including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D. I. Khan and Tank districts.
"We are working closely with the national and provincial authorities, civil society and our utmost priority is to provide food to all displaced people in the shortest possible time," said Lola Castro, WFP Pakistan Country Director in a statement issued here. The Government of Pakistan has announced an additional contribution of 25,000 metric tons of wheat to WFP to continue providing food rations to all displaced people in KPK, including the families from North Waziristan.
With this contribution, WFP will be able to continue its relief assistance until early September; USAID has provided US$5.5 million to cover the cost of milling, fortifying and distributing the wheat. WFP is distributing its standard food basket of fortified wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and iodized salt, as well as emergency rations of high-energy biscuits for children.
Assistance is being provided from humanitarian hub established in Bannu and in Lakki Marwat. Plans are underway to establish further hubs and to operate from additional distribution points for NWA families in D.I. Khan and Tank.
According to the Disaster Management Authority in the area, around 36,000 families have been registered as displaced so far following an operation by Pakistani security forces in North Waziristan earlier this month.