camps set up for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Swat and
Mian Nawaz Sharif Chief of Pakistan Muslim League N extended his
full support for the rehabilitation of the affectees of the military
operation, saying that the people of Malakand Division "are our
brothers and we will take all out measures for their assistance." The
motherland of Pakistan, including Punjab, is ready to help Swat
victims, two-time former premier said.
Mian Nawaz said Punjab government has established a fund with 100
million rupees to provide aid to the military operation's affectees.
To a query, the former premier said "It is not a time to discuss the
issue of taking PML-N into confidence over the operation, but now it's
a time to assist these victims."
CM NWFP AMeer Haider Khan Hoti, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, MNA Hanif
Abbassi, PML-N leader Saranjam Khan, Pir Sabir Shah and former Federal
Minister for Communication, Azam Khan Hoti were also present on the
Talking to media, the PML-N leader said that the elements responsible
for the factors leading to launching of operation in Swat, Dir Lower
and Buner districts did not deserve any leniency.
Nawaz Sharif also urged the Sindh and Balochistan governments to come
forward and meet expenditure of one camp each in a bid to help the
NWFP government for the rehabilitation of IDPs. The PML-N chief said
the provision of justice, economic empowerment and social welfare
besides maintaining law and order are top priorities of every
He said Swat should again be made an oasis of peace where everyone
gets equal opportunity of education and employment, adding the this
piece of land should be brought at par with the other developed areas
of the country.