On October 8 when nation will mark the first anniversary of last year”s devastating earthquake, the prime minister is expected to announce compensation for the residents of Margalla Towers – the only high-rise of federal capital that tumbled after 7.6 strong tremors hit the country especially its northern parts.

Talking to The Post here on Wednesday, Iftikhar Chaudri, spokesperson for the 143 families affected by Margalla Towers collapse, firmly believed the prime minister would announce money for the occupants of destroyed apartment on October 8 (Sunday) as recommended by a committee he recently formed for the purpose. Headed by Secretary General of the Finance Ministry Naved Ahsan, the committee has Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah, Central Board of Revenue chairman Abdullah Yousaf and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Javed Sadiq as its members. The committee is currently reviewing Margalla Towers affected families” demand for Rs.3.5 billion as compensation, already endorsed by Commander Khalilur Rehman, special assistant to the Prime Minister, maintained Iftikhar Chaudri.

According to him, the Rs. 3.5 million compensation amount has been calculated keeping in view of the World Health Organisation (WHO) rules.

Iftikhar, responding to a query, rubbished news reports that appeared in a section of the press regarding protest plans of Margalla Towers affected families at various places in the federal capital on October 8. “We”ve no plans to stage protest demos either at the site of collapsed Margalla Towers, in front of the parliament house or anywhere else in the city on the day first anniversary of last year”s earthquake will be marked. Media reports in this regard are incorrect and misleading”, he said.

Source: The Post