Gilani orders army to take over relief efforts

Published: August 16, 2010
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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani  congratulated the nation on its 64th Independence Day and urged everyone to help flood victims. PHOTO: REUTERS

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani congratulated the nation on its 64th Independence Day and urged everyone to help flood victims. PHOTO: REUTERS

MULTAN: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has instructed the army to take over the relief and rescue operations in districts around Multan so that survivors’ needs could be met on an urgent basis.

According to an official press release, this was necessary keeping in mind the climatic conditions and the factor of accessibility. The prime minister has also called for the establishment of relief goods centre at Multan airport where goods were being brought in by C-13O cargo planes.

According to the handout, relief goods could not be properly distributed because of bad roads and security reasons.

The army will now ensure transportation of relief goods in calamity-hit areas of southern Punjab by helicopters and boats. If needed that the army would shift survivors to nearby relief camps or arrange airlift and drop the relief goods to affected population in areas around Multan, said the press release.

Earlier, PML-Q Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani on Sunday urged the government to streamline flood relief operations and called for involving army soldiers, saying only the army possessed capability, training and the will to conduct such large-scale operations.

Addressing volunteers of the Mutahidda Mohaz Bahawalpur, a body which he heads for the restoration of Bahawalpur province, Senator Durrani, who just returned from a visit of the flood-hit areas, said: “Trust deficit in political elites has led to the situation where most of the civil assistance has reached to the victims. This is why the people and the business community are putting all their funds in the accounts launched by the media organisations. However, if the assistance operation is made transparent and clean, the people would trust the government as well.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Aug 16, 2010 - 5:48AM

    So what exactly has the ‘elected government’ done in almost three years?

    Why do we need figurehead ‘elected representatives’ if they remain incapable of strengthening and improving any civilian institution?

    The only thing this government has improved upon is the ability to throw histrionics over ‘supremacy of parliament’. You don’t have a ‘supreme’ parliament when it is manned by inept, corrupt and immoral clowns.Recommend

  • Sultan Ahmed.
    Aug 16, 2010 - 11:41AM

    Helicopters,
    throwing eatable packs of food
    the same drowning in the dirty water
    so are wasted,
    please change the system
    and in place of helicopter use boats
    which approach the needy and provide food,
    that will be better than helicopter.Recommend

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