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SCCI formulates special committee to help earthquake victims
Pakistani earthquake survivors rebuild their house in Kesu village, some 15 km from Chitral on October 28, 2015. Digging through the rubble of an earthquake rubble less than three months after being devastated by floods, residents of the northwestern Pakistan district of Chitral cannot afford to wait for government help. AFP PHOTO / FAROOQ NAEEM

SCCI formulates special committee to help earthquake victims

SIALKOT:  Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has formulated a special committee headed by Dr. Khurram Anwar Khawaja (former SCCI) president to generate maximum donations for the help of the devastating earthquake victims of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

SCCI President Maj (Rtd) Mansur Ahmed told the newsmen that the SCCI has set a target of Rs. 10 million donations for the earthquake victims, approximately 50,000 affected families there.

He said that the heavily affected remote isolated communities of these areas are currently facing harsh winter, where approximately 5,000 families are affected with full or partial damage to their homes, on October 26, 2015.

In winter conditions, most of the families living without shelter are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and are looking for help. As the areas are sensitive, Government has restricted access for the international donors to those areas and only few Pakistani NGOs have been allowed to work for rehabilitation of the communities, SCCI President added.

SCCI President urged the Sialkot based traders, industrialists and exporters to donate generously for this noble cause to conduct relief measures in earthquake affected Northern areas of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Dr. Khurram Anwar Khawaja (former SCCI President) had donated Rs.1 million from his family for this noble cause.