Families affected by oil tanker fire express gratitude to PM

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APP17-26 BAHAWALPUR: June 26 - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expressing condolence and sympathies with relatives of the victims of Oil tanker blaze at Ahmedpur Sharqia. APP photo by Qasim Ghauri

BAHAWALPUR, June 26 (APP): The families affected by the tragic
incident of oil tanker fire on Monday expressed gratitude to Prime
Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad
Shehbaz Sharif for being with them in their hour of grief.
The prime minister, who cut short his private visit to London
after getting the report of the incident that caused 140 deaths
besides critical injuries to several others, landed in Bahawalpur
and after a briefing, visited the Victoria Hospital.
The families said they were consoled to find the prime
minister among them and it had given them the courage to overcome
their pain and sorrow.
The prime minister went around various wards of the hospital
and met the injured. He handed over cheques of Rs one million each
for the injured and Rs two million for heirs of those who lost
their lives.
He enquired about the treatment being provided to the injured,
and was informed that the rescue staff, the hospital administration
and the doctors were providing them very good care and they were
very satisfied.
The families said it was due to the personal effort of the
prime minister and the Punjab chief minister that they were being
looked after and provided the best possible medical care,
The relatives and family members of the burn victims at
the Victoria Hospital prayed and offered gratitude to both the
prime minister and the Punjab chief minister for coming in person
and ensuring they were getting the best possible treatment.
The prime minister said he was shocked to hear about the
incident while in London and directed immediate rescue and relief
efforts. He said he also decided to cut short his visit to be
among the affected families in this hour of grief.
Several families said the presence of the prime minister and
the Punjab Minister Shehbaz Sharif was a source of strength for
the families, who lost their loved ones.
The prime minister directed the hospital administration and
the local authorities to ensure that every possible facility was
provided to the affected families to mitigate their pain.