PM Nawaz chairs meeting to review relief operation for quake victims


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired an emergency high level meeting to discuss the government plane of action for earthquake victims.
Yesterday a deadly earthquake magnitude 7.5 hit the Pak-Afghan region which left more than 300 dead and 2000 injured.
The National Disaster Management Chairman Major General Asghar Nawaz briefed the Prime Minister about rescue and relief efforts, as well as measures taken to control damage caused by the massive quake.
Those who attended the meeting include Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, Director-General Military Operations Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Secretary Climate Change Arif Ahmed Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, among others.
At least 228 people have been confirmed dead in the aftermath of the earthquake which hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday afternoon. The NDMA says at least 1,620 are injured across Pakistan.
The toll is expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that have been cut off due to landslides and destruction caused by the earthquake.
Soon after the quake, the COAS directed army personnel to reach out where required to help affected people without waiting for orders.