ISLAMABAD - Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said on Sunday that security forces are committed to the relief operation only, despite repeated attacks by miscreants on troops busy in aid work in Awaran and Mushkey.
However, security forces have exercised utmost restraint despite having loss of six soldiers to Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks and another 12 soldiers injured, he said in a statement issued here.
In a statement issued by the ISPR, he said that there is no military operation in Awaran and Mushkey as being propagated by miscreants. The security forces are in Awaran and Mushkey only for relief operation, he maintained.
The ISPR director general also appealed to the general public to beware of miscreants’ propaganda.
Maj-Gen Bajwa welcomed the media to come and visit Awaran and Mushkey to witness the situation on the ground themselves. APP adds: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General Saeed Aleem has said the NDMA has almost completed the relief operation successfully in Balochistan with coordination of its provincial unit, Pakistan Army and the provincial government.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan, he termed the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Balochistan’s quake-hit areas a national effort and urged all stakeholders to play their effective role.
He said the NDMA and its all functionaries were fully active even during Eid days to ensure that affected people could also be included in celebrations of this auspicious religious occasion. He said the NDMA has made food and other essential items available in Awaran district enough for at least two months’ supplies.
He said over one hundred and thirty-five thousand food packs, forty-six thousand tents, twenty-eight thousand blankets, twenty thousand plastic sheets and at least twenty-three thousand mosquito nets have been supplied to quake-hit areas of Balochistan. The Major General said each food pack is enough for fortnight supplies of a seven-member family, which includes flour, biscuits, milk, water and other ration.
Talking about NDMA’s rehabilitation plan, Saeed Aleem said the government has a resolve to carry out all reconstruction activities through its own resources, and so far has not decided to make an appeal for foreign aid.
He said the NDMA is carrying out a survey to exactly gauge the damages, which is crucial for laying out the rehabilitation plan.
He said rehabilitation plan will be comprised of two phases and in initial phase, the NDMA will construct temporary shelters for affected people. He said the second phase is the actual task ahead, which is a long-term activity.
The NDMA will reconstruct earthquake resistant houses, schools, hospitals and other buildings in second rehab phase, he added. He said the government had made all necessary arrangements for the security of teams taking part in relief operations in Awaran, Ketch, Mashkai, Mangoli, Malar and Dhandar. He said it is unfortunate that miscreants created hindrances in relief activities.
Regarding NDMA’s own growth, the Major General stressed the government to build its capacity at all levels, especially focus on strengthening infrastructure and functioning of its district units.
Regretting the absence of its strong district units, he said effective presence at grass root level is need of the hour to cope with any disaster.
Citing the example of recent earthquakes in Balochistan, he said district disaster management authorities had to carry out all rescue and rehab operations on the ground, but there was no presence of Rescue 1122, civil defence, information cells, transportation, warehouses and food godowns.
Meanwhile, according to latest data released by the NDMA, around sixteen thousand tents have been distributed in quake-hit areas of Balochistan, he added.
Other items include about twenty-eight thousand blankets, more than nineteen thousand plastic mats, over twenty-three thousand mosquito nets, nearly forty-two thousand mineral water bottles and other items have been distributed, he said.
He said a team of twenty-eight doctors, fifty-three paramedics equipped with thirty-four ambulances is providing treatment to the quake hit people in Awaran.