CM announces to send rescue team to Turkiye

Mohsin Raza Naqvi
Mohsin Raza Naqvi

Orders best arrangements for Cholistan Jeep Rally

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi telephoned the Ambassador of Turkiye Dr Mehmet Paçaci on Monday and expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the loss of life and property caused by the earthquake.

He announced the sending of a 50-member rescue and relief team to Turkiye on behalf of the Punjab government and said that the team would go to the affected areas to start rescue operations immediately. We express complete solidarity with each other, and in the hour of trial, Pakistan stands with the brothers and sisters of Turkiye, he added. We are with the brothers and sisters of Turkiye in difficult times and would remain with them, he added.

The CM conveyed his sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and expressed his profound sadness at the loss of life and property. He empathized with those affected and offered his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured. The CM also prayed for a quick recovery of those who were hurt.

Meanwhile, Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Monday directed the authorities concerned to ensure the best arrangements, along with foolproof security, for the 18th International Cholistan Jeep Rally.

According to official sources here, he said that a publicity campaign should be launched nationally as well as internationally to project the important event.

Interesting programmes would be arranged at Derawar Fort and Dilwash Stadium for the entertainment of the visitors, while information desks, parking, tuck-shops, workshops and disposable washrooms would be made available to facilitate the participants.

To tackle any emergency situation, recovery vehicles, air-ambulance and four-by-four ambulances would also be made available, he added. He said that mobile towers of phone companies had been arranged to ensure cellular service in the Cholistan area. Food Street, musical night, fireworks, camel dance, javelin throw and similar events had been planned for the camping fans in Derawar Fort, he added.

The caretaker chief minister said cultural programmes would also be organised in Bahawalnagar, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur in connection with the rally. The food courts, folk singing, cricket, horse and camel dance and tug-of-war events would be held in three districts along with a bicycle race in Bahawalpur city.

Commissioner Bahawalpur briefed the caretaker CM about holding of the Jeep Rally.

It was told in the briefing that five categories had been introduced in the 18th International Cholistan Jeep Rally.

It includes dirt-bike, quad-bike, truck, stock and other categories. Around half a million people were expected to arrive in Cholistan during the rally. Alternative routes and roads had been constructed and expanded to maintain smooth traffic flow in Cholistan.