Pakistan urges militants not to hamper post-quake rescue efforts

Last Updated: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:25

Zee Media Bureau

Islamabad: While carrying out the rescue operations after the 7.7-magnitude trembler hit Balochistan on Tuesday, the regional government appealed the separatist militant groups to halt attacks.

More than 300 people lost their lives and over thousands were homeless after the earthquake jolted the southwestern region of Pakistan.

The government officials said that rescue teams are yet to reach many affected areas within Balochistan.

Showing grave concern over the calamity, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed authorities to deploy additional helicopters and C-130 transport aircraft.

The Balochistan authorities claim that insurgents’ attacks in the region are hampering the rescue operations. As reported an Army chopper carrying the head of Pakistan`s national disaster agency, Maj Gen Alam Saeed, escaped a rocket attack.

Several people are spending nights in open and are yet deprived of food, water and medical supplies.

First Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:25

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