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“Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States,” Mr Lashari said while answering a question asked by Senator Semeen Yusuf Siddiqui of PML-Q. (dawn.com)
The number of internally displaced persons (IDP) arriving in the city due to floods in Sindh has increased to around 22,903 while two more flood-relief camps have been set up in Lyari, Hawkesbay Road, and SITE Polytechnic Institute, raising their number to 16. Irfan Aligi (dailytimes.com.pk)
As for the President, he has sought to accuse the politicians of seeking photo opportunities from the flood while declaring that “God has chosen us to fight the floods”. One is not sure who the “we” is (the President alone or the PPP) but in any case, given the poor performance so far, one feels God would certainly have chosen better and it is “we” the people of Pakistan who must bear this responsibility squarely on our shoulders alone. (nation.com.pk)
This reprehensible act following the revolting scandal of the President’s foreign tour at the worst moment in the nation’s history, has alienated the sympathies of friends and foes alike, and is symptomatic of the callous disregard of all decent human values by the proponents of the ‘people’s government’. Rais Ahmad Khan (brecorder.com)
Sources said that an embarrassing situation was even recently faced by the PPP leadership, which held a meeting with big businessmen of Karachi to generate donations for Bukhtawar Fund. However, the sources said, almost everybody politely refused to pay in cash and offered to contribute in kind. Ansar Abbasi (thenews.com.pk)
“I think the priority is to use offers of assistance to help the Pakistani people, so we would encourage Government of Pakistan to accept that (Indian) offer,” Frank Ruggiero, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Wednesday. Separately, state department spokesman P J Crowley said, “In terms of responding to a disaster, politics should play no role. You have a country (India) that’s willing to help (Pakistan), and…we expect that Pakistan will accept.” (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)