LAHORE/ISLAMABAD    -  Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday chaired a meeting to review re­lief and rehabilitation activities for people in the flood affected areas 

 The PM issued special instruc­tions to ensure uninterrupt­ed supply of edible and relief items to the flood hit people. The prime minister instructed to extend special cooperation to the provincial governments for supply of the edible and re­lief items so that the problems faced during the relief activi­ties could be resolved. While taking notice of the rising pric­es of food items in the after­math of floods, Shehbaz Sharif directed for immediate resolu­tion of problems in determin­ing the prices of food items.

He issued instructions for enhancing security for peo­ple involved in the relief ac­tivities and during supply of assistance, in collaboration with the provincial govern­ments. He ordered steps to resolve complaints regarding deductions from the cash as­sistance and delivery of relief items to the flood affectees.

He asked the authorities to complete as early as pos­sible the assessment of loss­es caused by devastation of floods. Officials of the Nation­al Flood Response Coordi­nation Center gave detailed briefing on the restoration work in the flood affected ar­eas across the country.

Minister for Economic Af­fairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Min­ister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Au­rangzeb, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabba­ni Khar, Coordinator Nation­al Flood Response and Coor­dination Center Major Zafar Iqbal, Chairman National Di­saster Management Author­ity Lt General Akhtar Nawaz, provincial chief secretaries and senior officials attended the meeting.

‘A SOURCE OF STABILITY’

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that peaceful rise of Chi­na as the second largest econ­omy and paramount global power was a source of stabil­ity in a perpetually changing world. On the National Day of China, the prime minister ex­tended the heartiest greetings to President Xi Jinping, Pre­mier Li Keqiang and the peo­ple of China.

On his Twitter handle, the prime minister said that Chi­na offered a promise of hope to the developing world, be­set by multiple crises relat­ing to climate, finance, food and energy. “The Chinese template of inter-state rela­tions prioritizes cooperation over confrontation is the gov­erning principle in formation of a Community of Common Destiny,” he posted in a relat­ed tweet.

Personally, the prime min­ister said that he was deep­ly touched by the Chinese ad­herence to remarkable work ethic and national discipline. “This explains how China has been able to lift 800 million people out of acute poverty,” he added. The prime minister further stressed upon the na­tion that at this stage in their national life, work, work and work alone could lift them out of crises.

‘LEGEND WRESTLER IN­OKI’

Prime Minister Muham­mad Shehbaz Sharif on Satur­day expressed his grief over the death of former world-re­nowned Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki. On his Twit­ter handle, the prime minis­ter recollected his memory of a meeting with the late wres­tler in Lahore some ten years back. The prime minister also tagged a photograph of the same event with his tweet.

Expressing his condolences with the bereaved family and the Japanese people