Punjab govt to give Rs0.8m each to Murree tragedy victims’ heirs
CM Buzdar reaches Murree, inspects relief activities
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The Punjab government has decided to give a compensation to the heirs of trapped tourists who were shivered to death in their cars during Friday’s Murree blizzard, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.
The decision to give compensation was taken in a meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.
It was decided to give Rs0.8 million to the heirs of each dead person. The provincial government would give a compensation totaling Rs10.70 million to the heirs.
Chief Minister Buzdar, who was being scoffed at for failing to prevent the deaths of over 20 people in Murree in freezing cold, at last arrived at the hill station on Sunday.
The chief minister had an aerial view of the affected areas and was briefed by the relief commissioner/Senior Member Board of Revenue Babar Hayat Tarar about the relief and rescue activities currently underway in these areas.
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat, Special Assistant to CM on Information Hassan Khawar, provincial inspector general of police (IGP), the chief secretary and other concerned officials also accompanied the CM on the visit.
A day ago, on Saturday (January 8, 2022), 24NewsHD had reported that at least 23 tourists, including women and children, shivered to death as Army, Frontier Corps and Rangers were called in to rescue thousands of tourists stranded in the frosty cold of Murree and Galyat after the authorities imposed an emergency in the hill station declaring it a calamity-hit area.
The deceased belonged to Lahore, Gujranwala, Islamabad and Mardan, and also included eight members of the same family.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had said his ministry had reports of the deaths of 19 people inside their vehicles buried under the deep snow.
He had also expressed the fear that the death toll might rise.
Reporter Rozeena Ali