Independent commission for flood relief, damage assessment

Published: August 14, 2010
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Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and PML N Chief Nawaz Sharif agreed to form an independent body to raise funds and assess damages caused by the floods.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and PML N Chief Nawaz Sharif agreed to form an independent body to raise funds and assess damages caused by the floods.

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and PML N Chief Nawaz Sharif agreed to form an independent body to raise funds and assess damages caused by the floods, on Saturday.

This was announced by two leaders while addressing a joint press conference after a meeting in Islamabad.

Some of names who might be a part of the commission include Rana Bhagwandas, Fakhruddin G Ibrahim and Nasir Zahid.

The prime minister said that the federal government is still assessing the damage caused by the floods and Nawaz Sharif said that a formal announcement will be made about the commission in two or three days.

He said that the method of fund collection must be carried out in a transparent manner.

President Zardari in Nowshera

President Asif Ali Zardari has said rehabilitation of flood victims will have priority over development projects. He made the statement while visiting the flood hit area of  Nowshera in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Aug 14, 2010 - 8:06PM

    A very good step by both the leadership. The names now coming forward are credible and if all this is done in letter and spirit then all citizens should participate in helping out our brothers and sisters in this time of need. It was nice and pleasant to see both parties siting together in the Press Conference. We need unity not confrontation. God Bless Our Country Ameen.Recommend

  • Rao Amjad Ali
    Aug 14, 2010 - 9:23PM

    I could not agree more with the observations made by Mr. Wilson! The names of the three probable commissioners that have so far surfaced are highly credible and their inclusion, will go very far in helping accentuate a broader engagement of donors and volunteers alike.

    In view of the calamitous conditions that now confront the 20 million or so affectees, the first imperative before the federal and provincial governmentis is to ensure that bureaucratic delays are either minimized or eliminated, relief work is meticulously designed, focus districts are accurately mapped and the implementation program is properly coordinated. Although a cadre of civil and military personnel is available to carry out this rather complex mission, the challenge is to mobilize it, more so in a timely fashion.

    As an aside, it merits mention that as a nation, Pakistanis have repeatedly displayed extraordinary hospitality and resolve in fighting both natural and man-made disasters. In the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake that devastated large swathes of inhabited areas in AJK/KP, I witnessed firsthand how individuals and families, often of humble means, communities, civil society and government organizations all came together, cobbled a will to soldier on and overcame some of the most arduous challenges in a terrain that was inhospitable and dangerous. I am confident that we will mimic the same spirited experience in providing effective relief and rehabilitation programs to the flood affectees. Recommend

  • Azam Sultan Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2010 - 3:14AM

    A very good step, I hope it is implemented in letter and spirit.Recommend

  • sunny
    Aug 15, 2010 - 3:29AM

    Pakistan suffers – but our wallets remain closed.I know why I have not opened my wallet.If I mentioned it there would be uproar.Free speech is dead because of these people.
    The floods in Pakistan have killed 1,600 people and affected millions more, unleashing a dreadful cycle of hunger and disease. By any standards, this is an authentic disaster, and one of which anyone who reads a newspaper or watches television will be well aware. Yet the rich world has responded to Pakistan’s suffering with a puzzling lack of generosity.Just compare the amount of money given to relieve the damage caused by the floods with the donations that followed other recent catastrophes. In the first 10 days after the earthquake in Haiti, international organisations raised $742 million for the victims; this time, they received less than one 16th of that sum. In the first week after the tsunami hit South Asia in 2004, the British public alone donated £100 million. The amount we have given so far to alleviate the suffering in Pakistan? Less than £10 millionRecommend

  • Khursheed Anwar Bangash
    Aug 17, 2010 - 10:15AM

    My suggestion to the Prime Minister is that once Flood Relief Commission is established, don’t recruit any person rather notify all government departments to spare one or two employee from their departments for a period of three months and deploy them for relief operation. Those employees will be paid normally from their departments/ministries. This will be a quick action and a trained resource will be available for the Commission. (NO EXTRA FUNDS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS ACTION).Recommend

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