President reiterates pledge to lift people out of poverty

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday reiterated pledge of the PPP led government to lift the poor and destitute of the country from poverty trap. The President asked BISP for expediting the process of extending health insurance facility to the BISP beneficiaries to ensure free medical assistance for them. The BISP must stand out as Pakistan flagship program for poverty alleviation and women emancipation. He said this while chairing a presentation on BISP nation-wide poverty survey at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Those who attended the presentation included Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Privatization, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Minister for Textile Industry, M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MOS for Foreign Affairs, Ms Farzana Raja, Chairperson BISP, Ms. Sassui Palijo, Minister Government of Sindh, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ms Asma Arbab Alamgir, Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Malik Asif Hayat, Secretary to the President, Ali Arshad Hakeem, Chairman NADRA, Khizer Hayat, Population Census Commissioner, Mohammad Sher Khan, MD BISP and Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar. Briefing the media about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that Chairperson BISP, Ms Farzana Raja while giving a detailed briefing informed the meeting that an amount of Rs. 5.864 billion has so far been disbursed among 386,174 eligible families countrywide which include 3918 families in AJK, 13,706 in Balochistan, 6,164 Gilgit Baltistan, 43,276 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 186,568 Punjab and 132,542 families in Sindh.

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