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September 16, 2010

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Gilani, Shahbaz discuss flood relief operation

Gilani, Shahbaz discuss flood relief operation
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that the government would continue pursuing the policy of political reconciliation and take along the entire political leadership in all matters of national importance.
The prime minister was talking to the Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, at the Lahore airport where he (CM) came to bid farewell to him. He said the government would take the people of the flood-affected areas out of this situation with the help of political leadership and support of the entire nation.
Shahbaz Sharif requested the prime minister to distribute Rs20,000 relief assistance to the flood affectees along with him at a convenient time and place. He said the prime minister’s visit to flood-ravaged areas all over the country to celebrate Eid with the displaced people shows his concern for the flood victims.
Both the leaders discussed current political situation as well as flood relief operation being undertaken in connection with the rehabilitation of the affected people in various parts of the country. The premier’s recent visits to the flood- ravaged areas of the country also came under discussion while the chief minister updated him on the current situation in flood-hit areas in Punjab.
The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Punjab Assembly, Syed Abdul Qadir Gilani, was also present during the meeting. Our Lahore Correspondent adds: In a one on one meeting with the Punjab chief minister at Lahore airport, the prime minister said the aid received for relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees would be disbursed through proper channel.
Sources said the prime minister also took Shahbaz into confidence over Watan Card scheme and assured him that reservations of the provincial government would be addressed. Sources said the prime minister once again laid stress on the politics of reconciliation. The chief minister sensitized the prime minister about the problems of the flood affectees.
APP adds: Lahore Gymkhana Chairman Mian Misbahur Rehman Wednesday called on Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and presented him a cheque of Rs5 million for rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.
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