Rs1m grant for reconstruction of All Saints Church

Minister assures better health faciities to blast victims

PESHAWAR: Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced Rs1 million grant for reconstruction of All Saints Church, damaged in a suicide attack by terrorists on September 22.
Provincial Minister for Zakat Usher and Religious Affairs Habib ur Rehman addressing a press conference here strongly condemned the incident and said the incident seems to be happened due to security lapse.

He said workers of Jamaat e Islami actively participated in relief activities and 16 ambulances of Al-Khidmat foundation took injured and dead bodies to hospitals soon after the incident took place.
The Minister said the barbaric act of terrorism was inhuman and un-Islamic and those who were involved in the heinous act were anti state elements carrying forward the agenda of terrorists.
He said the terrorist attack was an attempt to sabotage the government’s efforts to hold dialogue with Taliban for lasting peace in the country. “Peace cannot be restored in the region until and unless we disassociate ourselves from International war on terrorism,† he remarked.
Habib ur Rehman said that All Parties Conference would soon be summoned to find out ways and means for long lasting peace in the country in general and province in particular.
The minister announced that as many as 77 computers would be given to a minorities’ school in Nowshera on September 30.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health Shaukat Ali Yousafzai along with Senior Vice Chairman of PTI Azam Khan Swati on Wednesday visited the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and attended the Church blast’s victims.
They personally inquired about their health and learnt about the treatment facilities provided to them by the hospital administration. They also presented bouquets to the injured.
The patients while expressing their satisfaction over the treatment facilities given to them by the provincial government said that they were Pakistani and would never leave their country.
They would also perform their religious duties in the churches after becoming healthy, the patients added.
The Provincial Minister appreciated their patriotic emotions and assured them that they would be provided peaceful environment to perform their religious duties.
The minister while talking to media representatives present on the occasion said that inspite of the untoward situation and lack of resources, the provincial government had taken innovative initiatives to facilitate the poor masses in the health sector.
He said that MRI and C.T. Scan were most costly and the patients were being treated under the public private partnership done by the previous government.
He assured that he would try best to provide free MRI and CT Scan facilities in the state run hospitals at the end of the tenure of the said partnership.
He said in the present system the patients were being charged only according to the requirements of the private partnership. He strongly contradicted the news regarding non provision of free emergency services in the hospitals and clarified that monitoring teams had already been formulated in this regard.
However, he said, he was also inspecting the system on regular basis and action would be taken against violators in this connection.

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