As the mercury drops across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday directed the government of Punjab to set up tents for the homeless and provide them with meals.
The premier added that similar measures would be taken in Peshawar and Karachi and locations are being finalized.
I have asked CM Punjab to set up tents for people sleeping on footpaths and provide them food until the Panah Gahs (shelters) are built, as the weather is turning increasingly cold. Peshawar and Karachi spots also being located.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 24, 2018
PM Imran laid the foundation for the first of five shelters for the homeless in Lahore and one in Rawalpindi earlier in November. In a tweet, he had said the government is “committed to building a social net for our poor citizens so everyone has a shelter over their head.”
The PDP Foundation, an NGO that uses sports for development efforts in the country, estimates that there are about 20 million homeless people in Pakistan.