A view of a house which collapsed in Lower Dir after developing cracks in the last week’s earthquake. - Photo by Shahid Hussain

By Hanifullah

KHAR,  6 November: Terming the package announced for the earthquake affectees as insufficient, social and political circles of Bajaur tribal agency have asked Prime Minister to increase compensation amount for the heirs of the deceased people to Rs one million.

Addressing a joint news conference at Bajuar Press Club here on Friday, president of the All Fata Political Alliance and former member of National Assembly Akhunzada Chattan asked the federal government to raise the compensation amount for the damaged houses to Rs 0.5 million each as the amount announced by the Prime Minister was insufficient to build or repair the damaged houses.

Flanked by the president of Bajuar Siasi Ittehad Aurangzeb Inqilabi and other tribal elders, Chattan also demanded of the political administration to speed up the process of damages assessment and try to include all those whose houses were damaged in the earthquake but their names were not listed in the initial survey.

The tribal elders also urged the tribesmen to ensure their participation in the November 16th rally arranged for the rights of the tribal people. The rally would start from Rashakai interchange and would culminate at the D-Chowk, they added.


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