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Pak gives compensation to Sikh families
October 18, 2005 19:15 IST
The Pakistan government has announced compensation ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 100,000 for 200 quake-affected Sikh families rehabilitated at a gurudwara near Rawalpindi.
Most of the Sikhs affected by the quake hailed from Hazara division of Mansehra in North West Frontier Province and they have been accommodated at gurudwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal.
Pakistan's Minister for Religious Affairs, Ejaz ul Haq met the Sikh victims on Monday and announced compensation of Rs 100,000 for those killed in the quake, Rs 50,000 for those who sustained serious injuries and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
Haq said the 200 Sikh families temporarily residing at the gurdwara would be provided with food, blankets and medicines.
The Minister has been quoted by the state-run APP news agency as saying that the Ministry of Minorities and Evacuee Trust Board was utilising all its resources for the rehabilitation of Sikhs affected by the October 8 quake.
The Minister also appealed to the members of Parliament from minority communities to make contacts with the Ministry of Minorities Affairs and ETB in this regard.
The relief camp was set up at Hasan Abdal, about 45 kms from Rawalpindi, by the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.