Thursday, January 26, 2006
No adoption for earthquake victim kids
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said the government would not allow the adoption of earthquake affected children as they are in a trust with the nation which should be honored at all costs.
He was talking to a delegation of Save the Children UK ld by CEO Ms Jasmine Whitbread who called on him at PM house on Thursday.
The prime minister appreciated the work done by Save the Children UK and told the delegates about the relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts being undertaken by the government.
The efforts all the government and civil society organisations involved in the relief efforts was commendable, he said. He said the support given by the volunteers, NGOs, international organisations, foreign countries and the sizeable amount raised by the Pakistanis from all parts of the country.
Prime minister Shaukat Aziz told the delegates that immediately after the earthquake the government had set up the Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Authority, Federal Relief Commission and National Volunteers Movement to deal with the damage caused by the earthquake. He said the government is also going top set up a proper disaster management relief agency to deal with such crisis situations in future.
He said the government was focusing on providing shelter, food and clothing to the homeless people in the harsh weather conditions, in addition to reopening schools in the area. He also told them about the Aashiyana set up by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education at Hattian (Attock), where more than 500 orphans, children and women are provided shelter.
Mr jasmine Whitebread appreciated the support of the government and said her organisation was keen top play a role in the long term in Pakistan.