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Pakistan Army Chief, Officers to Celebrate Eidul Fitr with Flood-Hit People

Posted by yourpakistan on September 6, 2010


As hundreds of thousands of flood-affected people would be homeless on Eidul Fitr next week, the army leadership will not celebrate the day with their own families and instead visit the people staying in relief camps.

“On the instructions of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, special functions will be arranged at relief camps for flood-affected people, particularly women, children and elderly,” daily The News reported on Saturday quoting an unnamed official source. “In these functions, flood-affected people will be presented special gifts from the army officers, jawans and their families,” he said.

The official said that General Kayani too would celebrate Eidul Fitr with the flood-affected people, instead of his family, and would pay special visits to relief camps in different parts of the country on that day. He said that in line with the decision of the army chief, all corps commanders and other senior officers would also celebrate Eidul Fitr with flood-affected people at relief camps in the areas of their posting.

“Special ceremonies will be arranged at relief camps for children and women on the Eid day so that the devastated people can forget their agonies to some extent on this auspicious occasion,” the official said.

“If the problems of flood-affected people cannot be resolved and they cannot be provided each and everything before Eid, at least their miseries and distress can be shared on this happy occasion so that they do not think they are alone to face the disastrous situation and their compatriots are oblivious to their suffering,” he remarked.

General Kayani set a record of the continuous visits to the relief camps for flood-affected people since the natural disaster hit the country on July 29.

Earlier, General Kayani had also been visiting the internally displaced persons in camps during military operations in Swat and Malakand to console the homeless people. Not only, he is visiting the flood relief camps but is reportedly also monitoring strictly the relief activities and reviewing the performance of the army officers in this regard on daily basis.

Maverick Report

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