Steps being taken for safe repatriation of overseas Pakistanis: Ajmal Wazir

Special Correspondent

PESHAWAR: Advisor to Chief Minister on Information and Public Relations Ajmal khan Wazir has said that 80 teams are participating in anti locust operation in 15 districts including southern areas. Briefing Media at Itlla Cell, Civil Secretariat Peshawar he said that spray process on 46441 acres lands and survey of 3812418 acres lands have been completed till 7 June. He said that teams comprising of Agriculture Department, Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Pakistan Army and District Administration were Participating in anti locust operation. Ajmal Wazir further said that Anti-locust operations were underway in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Karak, Hangu, Bannu, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Orakzai, Kurram, South and North Waziristan, Khyber, Bajaur, Peshawar and Nowshera districts. He said that PDMA was in close liaison with the concern administrations and the situation were being monitored continuously. Ajmal Wazir said that people could report the presence of locusts in their area on PDMA’s helpline number 1700 or Agriculture Department mobile number 03481117070. He said that the arrival of overseas Pakistanis from Bacha Khan International Airport Peshawar was in process adding that 5670 passengers through 29 flights have been arrived to the province from 15 April to 2nd June adding that 40 dead bodies have also been brought and handed over to their families. Advisor said that schedule of 48 flights had been issued from Peshawar Airport and the number of flight would be increased with the passage of time Ajmal Wazir said that safe repatriation of overseas Pakistanis was the top priority of the government and Chief Minister Mehmood Khan had a special meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan to bring back the migrants of the province after which a series of flights have been started from Peshawar Airport. Referring to the flour and petrol crisis, Ajmal Wazir said that the issue of flour in the province has also been raised by the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with Prime Minister Imran and obstacle in supply chain has been removed now. He said that administration and concerned departments were taking action against those who have created artificial inflation adding that Chief Minister had issued clear directives that no leniency would be inflicted on the stockists. Ajmal Wazir said that Chief Secretary Dr. Kazim Niaz was in constant contact with the Secretary Petroleum for eradication petrol problems. Regarding the Corona situation, the Information Adviser said that a Task Force meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehmood Khan and the meeting was briefed regarding the Corona situation and implementation of SOPs.The meeting has decided to increase corona capacity in the hospitals adding that Chief Minister has issued clear directives to lock down those areas again where SOPs are not adopted.