Govt Carrying Out Well-conceived Reconstruction Plan; Says Tahir Iqbal
10 October 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas (KANA) Maj (retd) Tahir Iqbal has said the government is carrying out a well-conceived plan of reconstruction and rehabilitation in the quake-affected areas and this strategy is now bearing pleasant results. In a press statement issued here Tuesday, the minister said the October 8 earthquake had badly affected the infrastructure in the affected areas. However, he said, President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz launched unprecedented relief efforts while on the other hand, the entire nation, especially youth from across country, came forward to help the needy affected people of affected areas of AJK and NWFP. 'Extraordinary relief campaign was launched for the quake-hit people on October 8, 2005, thanks to the unprecedented individual and state efforts of the human history. Aid and support form the international community also joined this drive soon after the tragic event and human history saw a new twist,' said the minister. He said the government, in order to face the huge challenge, established institutions like Federal Relief Commission (FRC) and Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) which paved the way for smooth rehabilitation for the affectees. 'Only ERRA has discharged the remarkable task of distributing millions of rupees amongst the earthquake-affected people without any reported financial flaw in its functioning,' he said and added that President Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz have vowed to finish the reconstruction phase in a unique manner.