“Sufficient” fuel stock available at PSO outlets in Murree: Minister – Pakistan


ISLAMABAD: All roads leading to Murree / Galiyat were closed for 24 hours, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Sunday. The decision came following the deaths of nearly two dozen tourists stranded in Murree and Galiyat due to a snowstorm.

Only those authorized to visit Murree and Galiyat who have their postal addresses, on their Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC), falling in Murree / Galiyat, the interior minister told media.

He said the decision whether or not to reopen the Murree / Galiyat roads (after 24 hours) would be made after analyzing the situation, taking into account the realities on the ground.

Meanwhile, said Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, sufficient stock of fuel was available at all Pakistan State Oil (PSO) outlets in Murree and its related locations.

Gasoline and diesel are available at all PSO pumps in Murree in good quantities, he said in a statement. The minister said that Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) had sent its additional manpower to Murree to avoid power cuts in the region.

He said all power supplies, which were disrupted due to heavy snowfall in Murree, have been restored. Some local faults are being removed, added the minister. However, contrary to the minister’s assertions, reports received from several parts of Murree and Galiyat indicated that power outages persisted there until this report was tabled on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, the media wing of the Pakistani Army Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said all major roads in Murree were cleared for all types of movement. After major roads have been cleared, military engineers are focusing on connecting roads, ISPR said.

Relief camps and medical facilities were functioning fully and stranded tourists were being relocated to Rawalpindi and Islamabad, an official statement said. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has launched an operation to evacuate tourists stranded in Murree and Galiyat, he added.

Earlier, ISPR said, more than 300 people affected by the snow, including children, received medical attention from teams of military medics and paramedics. Cooked meals were served to more than 1,000 people stranded in Jhika Gali, Kashmir Bazaar, Lower Topa and Kuldana, he added.

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