Peshawar: Chief Minister Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti has announced the plain and
simple celebration of Eid-ul Azha for expressing solidarity with terrorism
affected families and said that no any official gathering will be hold on this
auspicious occasion.
He expressed these views while addressing a gathering held in connection with
distribution of financial assistance cheques amongst widows and orphans of
People Mandi/Meena
Bazar bombing victims here at CM House on Tuesday.

On the occasion, 2.5 million rupees, at least 50,000 rupees per head, have been
distributed among 50 affected families.
Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti, also announced to foot educational expenses
of Noreen, a school going daughter of Said Muhammad who had died in the terror
incident.

The Chief Minister assured the family of paying for all the educational
expenses of Noreen who is a Grade-4 student. He advised the family to secure
admission for little Noreen in a reputed school, as he would pay for her
expenses from his own pocket till the completion of her education.

Said Muhammad was killed as he was hit inside his tea stall that was
destroyed in the bombing. He left behind a widow and three daughters, Bakhtmeena
18, Basmeena, 16 and Noreen, 10. His widow is still in trauma and needs
psychological treatment.

The affected family not only lost a sole breadwinner but also the tea-stall that
was the only source of income for Said Muhammad and his two other brothers.

The gathering was organized by Provincial Social Welfare Department. Senior
Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Provincial Minister for Health Syed
Zahir Shah, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz, women MPAs
including Shagufta Malik and Yasmin Zia were also present during the gathering.

The Chief Minister termed this effort of Provincial Social Welfare Department
worth replication and said that the provincial government had already provided
financial assistance cheques to affectees of the incidents as per government
policy, however, this assistance for widows has been arranged by Provincial
Social Welfare Department.

Hoti said that the provincial government and its people are
equally held in the grieves and difficulties of the affectees. He also appealed
the wealthy section of the society to take active part in this revered
endeavors. He said that the religious festival of Eid-ul Azha taught the lesson
of contentment of Allah almighty and sacrifice and that is why it is compulsory
on all tiers of the society to remember the children and family members of the
Shuhadas on this occasion, he maintained. He said that the decision of simple
celebration of Eid has also been made in this connection and in order to express
solidarity with the affected families. Joint prayer has been offered for the
Shuhadas and their family members for lessening in their problems and
difficulties.

Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Provincial Minister for Health Syed Zahir
Shah, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz have also distributed
financial assistance cheques among the widows.

Earlier, Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz also addressed the
gathering.