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PML-N govt denies closing shelter homes after social media backlash

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in his statement on Thursday said that they cannot run shelter homes due to tough economic conditions. The statement ran a shock wave among the social media users.

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The current government of PMLN received flak on social media after they announced they will be closing ‘shelter homes’ and ‘soup kitchens’ initiated by the previous government of PTI.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in his statement on Thursday said that they cannot run shelter homes due to tough economic conditions. The statement ran a shock wave among the social media users. Shelter homes are a welfare project initiated by Imran Khan’s administration as part of his measures to provide the less privileged with social protection.

The decision created a hue and cry among the masses since a day earlier another welfare project, ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ was shut down. “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye” was one of Imran Khan’s most popular moves during his term as the Prime Minister. The program was offering food to approximately 80,000 needy in 29 different cities. Under the initiative, free cooked meals were distributed among the needy, particularly laborers, daily-wage earners, women, and children. However, reports have emerged that Shahbaz Sharif, on his third day of office as the Prime Minister, ordered to shut down the program.

Condemnation poured in as PM Shehbaz Sharif has been hosting lavish Iftar dinners since he come into the office. According to the latest reports, PM Sharif has invited all the members of coalition parties for Iftar dinner today as they are expected to finalize the cabinet today.

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The present government came under criticism as it reportedly decided to close shelter homes. Netizens says the government is hosting lavish dinners yet shutting down the welfare projects on the pretext of lack of funds. Today, PMLN leader Maryam Aurangzeb denied the reports and said that no welfare projects will be shut down.

Sania Nishtar, the Former Special Assistant of the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation, informed that these projects were largely operated through the collaboration with several welfare organizations. She mentioned that it is not the government that was solely bearing the costs of such programs.

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