PM updated over earthquake relief,rescue measures in high-level meeting

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
on Tuesday chaired a high-level emergencey meeting to review the
relief measures taken in the wake of the earthquake that struck
country yesterday.
The meeting was convened to discuss comprehensive plan to
tackle the situation in the aftermath of the disaster that resulted
in the loss of lives and damaged infrastructure.
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major
General Asghar Nawaz updated the Prime Minister about the relief
measures taken as quick response to the earthquake.
The Prime Minister was briefed about the operation of NDMA’s
National Emergency Operation Centre which was promptly activated
after the earthquake and was monitoring the situation round the
clock.
Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif apprised the
Prime Minister about the relief measures taken by Pakistan Army in
the earthquake-hit areas.
He mentioned that troops had been mobilized for carrying out
rescue operation in the earthquake-affected areas while all the
Combined Military Hospitals (CMHs) had been put on high alert.
The meeting was attended by Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sardar
Mehtab Ahmad Khan and the ministers including Interior Minister
Chaurdhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance miniter Ishaq Dar and Information
Minister Pervaiz Rashid.
Director General Military Operations Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad
Mirza and Director General ISPR Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, Chairman
National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar were also present.
The Prime Minister yesterday had directed all federal civil
military and provincial agencies to declare immediate alert and
mobilise all resources to ensure security of people affected by
the strong earthquake.
On his directive, a Crisis Management Cell was established at
the Prime Minister’s House to coordinate with all federal civil,
military and provincial agencies for damage assessment, rescue,
relief and recovery operations.