Saad orders to develop strategy to fight floods

LAHORE: The Minister of Railways and Aviation, Khawaja Saad Rafique, has ordered the public relations administration to draw up a comprehensive strategic plan to combat flood waves in the future.

Chairing a meeting at the public relations headquarters here on Saturday, he praised the railways for organizing relief and providing food and medical facilities to flood-affected people in areas of Balochistan.

He said the PR was still dealing with the aftereffects of damage to the track due to heavy rains in the Mitting and Bolari areas of Karachi Division.

He also ordered the administration to make the old coaches usable in the workshops of the Mughulpura Railways on an immediate basis.

“You have to make sure that the cost of the coaches can be recovered within the time given to the coaches,” he added.

The minister instructed the staff to come up with a plan to modernize the workshops by urgently replacing old machines with modern ones.

He led the modernization of the workshop’s warehouses in order to improve the tracking and protection of goods.

Railroads should plan to establish booths in each division to generate more revenue for the department, he said.

The minister insists on the solarization of different sections of the department and asks to start it from the railway factories in the first phase.

He ordered to complete the installation of kiln vault machinery in Mughulpura workshops in the current year.

Earlier, the minister was briefed on the provision of food baskets and medical facilities by the public relations department to the citizens of Balochistan from the flood affected areas.

Ashrafi stresses collective efforts for country’s progress: The Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East, Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said on Saturday that collective efforts were needed to put the country on the road to progress and prosperity.

Addressing the “Umrah Seminar 2022”, organized by the Meezab Hajj group, Umrah travelers at a local hotel, he said political and religious leaders should play their part in maintaining peace in the country.

“We should come up with such a strategy that could put the entire Muslim world on the path to progress and prosperity,” he added.

Tahir Ashrafi, who is also the chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, said Saudi Arabia is the center of Islam, which plays an important role in bridging the gap between Muslims around the world.

He appreciated the outstanding services rendered by the Saudi government and the Ministry of Religious Affairs of Pakistan for the Hajj pilgrims.

Ashrafi said the government supports big business groups like Meezab Group for the development of the country and its role in creating jobs for the youth.

He said: “We must think together for the improvement of the country”.

Tahir Mehmood said, “We need to build consensus and devise a long-term strategy to manage economic, domestic and foreign policies for a stable Pakistan. Federal Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Meezab Group Chairman Shahid Mehmod Anwar, LCCI Chairman Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Al-Khidmat Foundation Chairman Mian Abdul Shakoor and others were also present.