Abid Sher presents compensation cheques to victims’ families

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LAHORE, Aug 6 (APP): State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Saturday gave a cheque of Rs 1 million each to the legal heirs of Mohammad Azeem and Kanwal Butt who died  of electric shock when a live wire fell upon them in the Kot Lakhpat area at Anum Road on July 22.

The cheques were presented on behalf of the Prime Minister.

The state minister also conveyed the feelings of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the affected family members and told them that PM was sorrowful over the loss of precious human lives in the incident.

“The government will provide all possible support to the family members of victims”, he added.

Abid Sher Ali also offered Fateha for the departed souls and prayed that Almighty Allah may grant courage to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

Later, talking to media, Abid Sher said that Prime Minister was sorrowful over the incident and formed a committee in this regard.

He said FIRs had been registered against the XEN and SDO concerned who had also been suspended.

The State Minister said that survey was being carried out which would help in determining that from which houses high voltage cables were passing over and details in this regard would be obtained till August 15. After survey, maintenance and repair work would be started, he added.

He said that protection of life and property of massess was the responsibility of the government.

To another query, he said that it was impossible to put the electricity cables underground, adding that steps would be taken on advance level for the maintenance work.

Responding to question on Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, he said that in past they faced failure and they would face the same in future.

“Yesterday a reference has been filed in the National Assembly against Imran Khan and Jahangir Tareen and a legal process has been adopted”, he added.APP/yrb/zhr