ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari was back in Pakistan on Tuesday, returning to the country’s worst-ever humanitarian disaster after a trip to Europe.
The president called Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Zulfikar Mirza for a meeting at the Bilawal House in Karachi, according to a press statement from the media office of the Pakistan Peoples Party chairman.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that law and order, the flood disaster and measures taken for relief and rehabilitation of the victims were discussed during the meeting.
The president directed the federal interior minister and the provincial home minister to carry out an in-depth investigation into the recent wave of target killings and apprehend those involved regardless of their association.
The president while speaking to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Sukkur inquired about the relief measures undertaken for the rescue and rehabilitation of flood victims.
Earlier the president had recalled Qaim Ali Shah from a trip abroad so that he could proceed to the interior of Sindh to supervise the relief and rehabilitation work. Critics, including his estranged niece Fatima Bhutto, have vehemently opposed Zardari’s recent foreign visits, while the country faced devastation due to the floods.
President Zardari, however, defended his position by claiming that his foreign visits were instrumental in garnering the international community’s help to overcome the current crisis.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2010.