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Farooq reviews relief operation during Neelum Valley visit

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NEELUM: A Tehsildar is giving briefing to AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan about the relief operations in Neelum Valley. Speaker Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir and State Minister for Disaster Management Authority Ahmed Raza Qadri, here Friday. - Staff Photo

NEELUM: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Friday visited the affected areas of district Neelum and reviewed the relief operations in the wake of damages incurred due to heavy rains, snowfall and avalanches.
The Prime Minister who was accompanied by Speaker Legislative Assembly Shah Ghulam Qadir, Minister State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) Ahmed Raza Qadri and others met to the affectees and assured them all out support from the government.
The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing by the district administration on the heavy losses of lives and properties and steps taken by the state institutions while responding the big tragedy.
While talking to the affectees, Raja Farooq Haider assured them that his government would not leave them alone in this time of crisis and will stand by them till the complete rehabilitation of the last man.
The premier told them that he himself taking report of the ongoing rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities in the affected areas and personally monitoring the situation on daily basis.
“Our government, administration and Pak Army would leave no stone unturned in complete rehabilitation of affectees. The compensatory amount of the damages incurred due to the recent tragic incidents in the valley would be provided to the affectees at their doorsteps”, he assured.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan remarked that fighting natural calamities is almost impossible but through better planning and preparedness we can minimize the losses of lives and properties.
He said land-route to the affected areas would immediately be cleared after the end of snowfall spell in the valley.
“Azad Kashmir government is exercising all-out resources and capabilities in collaboration with the concerned departments to help the affected families and citizens”, Haider told them.
The Prime Minister expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the tragedy and condoled with them.
On this occasion, Prime Minister lauded the role of Pak Army, Police, administration and other concerned institutions in rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts in such harsh weather conditions.
He directed the authorities concerned to further accelerate the ongoing relief, rehabilitation activities and complete the rehabilitation work on war-footing basis.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Farooq Haider visited the shrine of prominent sufi saint Saheli Sarkar (RA), participated in the annual urs and laid the floral wreath on the shrine.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that sufi saints have played unprecedented role in preaching golden principles of Islam in the region.
He said Hazrat Sayin Sakhi Saheli Sarkar devoted his whole life for preaching tolerance, brotherhood and fraternity in the society.
The Prime Minister said that by following the footprints of these saints we can succeed in eradicating the menace of extremism and terrorism from the country.
He directed the officials of Auqaf department to provide all possible facilities to the devotees visiting the shrine from every nook and corner of the country.