PM launches national anti-polio campaign

President, PM and other leaders express sorrow over Ghotki train accident


ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the National Anti-Polio drive here on Monday with a goal to rid the country of crippling disease.

The prime minister administered the drops of anti-polio vaccine to children aging below five years, at his Office.

The federal government has chalked out a comprehensive national emergency programme against polio, which is being carried out across the country in joint collaboration with the provinces.

Due to the efforts of the present government, only one case of polio has been reported in last one year. However, the campaign has been launched at larger scale to ensure access to all children in the country.

To facilitate the general public in benefitting from the government’s low-cost housing scheme, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched a mobile unit, which will act as a one-window solution to provide information and collect applications for loans.

The mobile unit, in partnership with the Naya Pakistan Housing Authority and the National Bank of Pakistan, will facilitate people to obtain loans for low-cost housing projects.

Moreover, the mobile unit will provide one-window operations for getting loans under the Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme.

Initially, the mobile unit will provide facility in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and adjoining areas and later the scheme will be expanded across the country.

In addition, the mobile unit will also help reduce the burden on banks regarding dealing with customers during the COVID-19 situation.

The Prime Minister lauded the initiative taken by the National Bank of Pakistan to set up the mobile unit and said ensuring shelter and accommodation for the people was the top priority of his government.

He urged the banks to facilitate the aspirants of loans for construction of their houses.

President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday expressed deep shock over the train accident near Daharki in Ghotki district that killed at least 30 people.

In their separate messages, both extended sympathies with the victims of the train crash.

President Alvi expressed sorrow over the loss of lives and prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace.

The Prime Minister in a tweet said he was “shocked by the horrific train accident at Ghotki early this morning leaving 30 passengers dead”.

He asked the Railway Minister to reach the site and ensure medical assistance to injured and also support for families of the dead.


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the accident. He said every possible help was being provided to the injured.

In a tweet, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the Ghotki train accident and said, “A full investigation must be conducted,”

The minister said Pakistan Railways must think out of the box and raise its bar both for service and safety. He also thanked Pakistan Army and Sindh Rangers for the rescue and relief operation at the site.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Monday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the horrific train accident in Ghotki, that killed about 30 passengers and wounded several.

“Extremely saddened by the train accident in Ghotki, the tragedy is heart-wrenching,” minister said while speaking to a Private news channel.


“My deepest condolences with the families of those who lost their loved ones and I pray that the injured recover quickly. Have asked officials to provide immediate assistance that is required”.

In a tweet on social media platform, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib Monday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the train accident in Sindh’s Ghotki that killed around 30 people.

He said the injured were being shifted to nearby hospitals by the rescue teams.

“Apart from Ghotki Hospital, the injured have been shifted to nearby Sadiqabad’s hospital and Rahim Yar Khan’s Sheikh Zayed Hospital for medical treatment,” he added.

In a statement, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday expressed heartfelt grief over the loss of precious lives in Ghotki train accident and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and stand by the bereaved families in this hour of immense grief,.”

Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that all possible assistance including the best medical facilities were being extended to the injured passengers.

He expressed heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and prayed for early recovery of those injured in the train accident.

He prayed, may Almighty Allah grant forgiveness and a place in Jannah to the departed souls and give courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss

Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the Ghotki Train accident.

“Precious lives are lost due to the accident which is very unfortunate”, he said.

The Senate Chairman prayed for the forgiveness of those died in the accident and said that he shared the grief of the bereaved families.

He prayed for speedy recovery of the injured and issued instructions to provide all possible facilities to the injured.

Deputy Chairman Mirza Muhammad Afridi, leader of the house in the Senate, Dr Shehzad Waseem, leader of the Opposition, in the Senate, Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani also expressed deep sorrow over the tragic train accident. They offered condolences and prayed for grant of patience to the mourners.

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