The Board of Directors of Pakistan Stock Exchange announced that PSX will set up a fund to financially assist families of the martyred security personnel and those who were injured defending the National Stock Exchange on June 29.
The PSX Board condemned this dastardly and cowardly attack in the strongest possible terms.
This was an attack which targeted not only innocent people but also the economic stability and the investment environment of Pakistan.
The board deeply appreciated the bravery of the security personnel, who risked their lives, and indeed some of them paid with their lives, to defend the Exchange and Pakistan.
The board also commended the PSX management for the calm and effective manner in which the security protocols were implemented.
They noted that despite such an extreme event, the market did not stop working for even a minute and all disaster recovery and business continuity measures worked seamlessly.
PSX, as the premier capital market of the country, is fully cognizant of its responsibilities and recognises the suffering caused to the families of those who have been martyred and injured. “We stand with them at this time and will also help them in a practical and sustainable manner,” the PSX Board said.
To this end, PSX will set up a fund and endowed it with an upfront donation of Rs10mn.
The management is in discussion with brokers, other capital market organisations and institutions who have reached out and expressed a desire to support this effort. In addition, PSX staff and directors in their individual capacity have also committed their support. “Hence, we expect the size of the fund to increase substantially.
This was an attack on Pakistan and we would ask all concerned organisations and individuals to step forward and join us. We are thankful to the Sindh government and Governor Sindh for the support and recognition they have extended to these brave security personnel.”
The objective of setting up the fund is to ensure that the families receive consistent financial support.
While PSX fully understands that monetary reward is no compensation for loss of life or serious injury, yet PSX is committed to help ease the suffering and contribute to alleviate the financial worries for the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. In addition, PSX will contribute to medical expenses and continue paying salary of the two injured guards till they are fit to resume their duties.
Pakistan Stock Exchange is thankful to the high civil and military officials, foreign diplomats, and representatives of international and civil organisations who have visited the exchange to condemn the attack, sent condolence messages, and extended their support and encouragement to PSX in the prevailing situation.
The officials acknowledged, offered tribute and support to the bravery and gallantry of the security forces who fought off the attackers.
“PSX again acknowledges the bravery and support of the police, rangers, intelligence agencies and our own security personnel. We thank them and salute them,” the board said.
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