PM Im­ran de­cides to com­pen­sate the af­fected of protest

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Im­ran for open­ing chan­nels of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for Ye­meni peo­ple; Urges for a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to poverty re­duc­tion

IS­LAM­ABAD: Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan, in his lat­est move on Wed­nes­day de­cided to com­pen­sate those who suf­fered losses dur­ing the coun­try-wide protests, which took place last week fol­low­ing a Supreme Court ver­dict ac­quit­ting Aa­sia Bibi.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased from his of­fice, PM Khan has asked govern­ment of Pun­jab to chalk out com­pre­hen­sive com­pen­sa­tion plan, so that peo­ple, whose prop­er­ties were van­dal­ized dur­ing protest of Tehreek-e-Lab­baik Pak­istan (TLP) can be com­pen­sated.

Yes­ter­day, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs and In­ter­faith Har­mony Noorul Haq Qadri met Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan and briefed him about suc­cess­ful di­a­logue with the pro­test­ers and cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try.

In a meet­ing that took place in the fed­eral cap­i­tal, the prime min­is­ter de­cided to keep him­self in touch with re­li­gious schol­ars and de­clared cler­ics' pro­posal vi­tal for trans­form­ing the coun­try into a state like Mad­ina. He said they wanted to show the world a pic­ture of real and peace­ful Is­lam.

On the other hand, coun­try­wide crack­down against the ri­ot­ers is un­der way and as per the Min­istry of In­te­rior, nearly 1800 ri­ot­ers have been ap­pre­hended so far by law en­force­ment agen­cies for be­ing al­legedly in­volved in de­struc­tion and ha­rass­ment of cit­i­zens dur­ing protests that broke out after ac­quit­tal of Aa­sia Bibi.

In Is­lam­abad, 700 peo­ple had been booked in cases, 56 ar­rested and 26 had been re­manded. The or­der to im­prison 19 ri­ot­ers un­der the Main­te­nance of Pub­lic Or­der (MPO) had also been is­sued.

More­over, 70 ri­ot­ers were taken into cus­tody from Sheikhupura.

In Karachi, cases have been reg­is­tered in 34 po­lice sta­tions across the metropo­lis against ri­ot­ers. In La­hore, eight sus­pects were sent on 4-day phys­i­cal re­mand.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior has set up a com­plaint cell, urg­ing cit­i­zens to share pic­tures and videos of those in­volved in dam­ag­ing state and pri­vate prop­er­ties in the name of protests. They have been asked to share such pic­tures and videos on 03315480011 to help iden­tify the ri­ot­ers.

Mean­while, Em­pha­siz­ing that all stake­hold­ers must en­gage in di­a­logue process, Prime Min­ster Im­ran Khan on Wed­nes­day called for open­ing chan­nels of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance for the peo­ple suf­fer­ing from famine in Ye­men.

"The con­flict in Ye­men af­fects the re­gional peace and

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