LAHORE, Aug 7: Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has called upon the federal and the provincial governments to prepare a comprehensive plan for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Chitral that had been completely ruined due to floods.
Addressing a press conference a Al-Markaz Peshawar on return from an extensive tour to Chitral area, he said that the social and economic infrastructure, including bridges, educational institutions and hospitals in Chitral, had been washed away and their reconstruction would require billions.
The people were not getting safe drinking water there, he added. The JI chief suggested establishment of a strong disaster management set up at district level that could move quickly in any emergency. He also called for starting work on 75 small dams in KP whose feasibility report had been prepared and said that with their completion, the rain-water would no more be a problem but would become a blessing.
He said that there should be no obstacle in speeding up the work on Bhasha dam on which there was consensus. Special measures should be taken to increase the area under forests and the subject should be made a part of the syllabus, he added.
Haq asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Chitral once again to ascertain the magnitude of the losses and to pull up the state machinery for speeding up relief and rehabilitation work. He said that the houses of large number of people in Chitral had been washed away along with the lands. He demanded of the government to build houses for the affectees on state land.
He said that large number of students in the Chitral could not appear in examinations, therefoere, special arrangements should be made for them on this regard. Haq appreciated the work of Al-Khidmat Foundation in the area and said that Al- Khidmat Foundation had laid out seven thousand feet long pipe to supply drinking water to the flood hit people in Chitral. Besides, over twenty thousand people had been provided food and other eatables.
He also paid tributes to the armed jawans for their commendable services in the flood hit area. The JI chief also commended the work of the FIF and other relief bodies.