LAHORE - For the first time in the history of country, the flood affectees are being compensated of their losses in days and not in months, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday.

Presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Flood Relief, the chief minister said that the work of payment of first installment of financial assistance would be completed by October 5. He directed the committee to visit Jhang, Muzaffargarh and Multan on October 5 to review the process of payment. He also directed the authorities concerned to provide his helicopter to the Cabinet Committee. Shahbaz said that the people would be compensated with the loss of crops, houses and cattle after a thorough survey. He said that financial assistance would also be provided to those who lost their means of livelihood. The CM said that special bonus would be given to the staff working on holidays.

condolence: Shahbaz Sharif also expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of Najeebullah Khan Niazi, the PML-N MPA from Bhakkar.

Sympathising with the bereaved family and expressing condolences, the chief minister said that Najeeb Ullah Khan Niazi was his old friend and his services for the party are commendable. He said that the deceased was a precious asset of the party. The CM also prayed for the departed soul and members of the bereaved family. The provincial chief executive also took a notice of the death of a 55-year old woman due to alleged police torture in nearby village of Sargodha, seeking a report from RPO. The CM directed to launch an extensive inquiry and strict legal action against the officials involved.

In another development, Shabaz Sharif took notice of the incident of murder of five people near Jhang Road in Chiniot and sought a report from DPO Chiniot.