After cold response from K-P, residents of Chitral seek Punjab’s help

Published: August 18, 2013
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Budhni stream overflowing on Charsadda road in Peshawar. Residents in Chitral have warned of sit-ins if relief is not provided in the province soon. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Budhni stream overflowing on Charsadda road in Peshawar. Residents in Chitral have warned of sit-ins if relief is not provided in the province soon. PHOTO: EXPRESS

CHITRAL: 

Flood-affected people in Chitral on Saturday demanded relief from the Punjab government after the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government failed to provide any assistance in the district.

Addressing journalists at the Chitral Press Club, Advocate Ghulam Hazrat Inqilabi, Muhammad Ubair, Shakiruddin and Muhammad Wali said residents are spending their days under the open sky, but the district administration has yet to take any measures to help them.

“Nothing has been done to clear the roads or to prevent the situation from deteriorating further,” said Inqilabi. He added they will migrate from the area and hold protests outside parliament if their demands are not met.

“We are frustrated by the utter lack of interest from the provincial government and have sought Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s help,” said Wali. He added they have presented their demands for relief to District Disaster Management Authority Chairman Muhammad Shoaib Jadoon and other officials, but they have not replied.

Wali said the cold response from local officials have further compounded their miseries, adding they are already disconnected from Chitral city because the road linking it to Bumburet in Kalash Valley was washed away by floodwater on July 31.

Prices of daily items have also shot up due to a shortage of edibles in the market.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Kamran
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:35AM

    Punjab is controlling all resources of Pakistan, so if Punjab can help them, its not a big deal.

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  • Shahid
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:22AM

    Welcome to Naya Pakistan

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  • pti
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:53AM

    Where is imran and his revolutionary team- I have a single world for their lack of support to effectee -” shameful”.

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  • change
    Aug 18, 2013 - 5:58AM

    CM Punjab is equally popular accross the country. Please come to their rescue as you deserve to be called “khadmay alla”.

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  • Sodomite
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:52AM

    Where is Imran Khan?? He is chasing White Papers when his province has been hit by the Tsunami.

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  • Dj
    Aug 18, 2013 - 10:00AM

    Punjab is itself underwater how can they help some random people in Chitral?

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  • Professor
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:12AM

    So much rain water going to waste. Where are the dams? Water management is something the region knows nothing of. Just ask Israel. They are the masters at managing scarce water resources. Recommend

  • Informer
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Come-on PTI, you can do it. Help the people of Chitral.Recommend

  • Imtiaz Ali Rao
    Aug 18, 2013 - 12:09PM

    @Kamran:
    per capita budget punjab ka sum se kum hay
    Punjab 9 cror ppl = 800 billion
    KP 2.5 cror ppl = +400 billion
    Sindh 3.5 cror ppl= 627 billion
    baqi hisab khud laga len Punjab k resources ka

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  • Aug 18, 2013 - 12:22PM

    Depressing attitude from KPK Government. They are fast proving themselves incompetent.

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  • Adnan
    Aug 18, 2013 - 1:19PM

    OMG – such reports only increase hatred and should be avoided.
    Most of the punjab is under water, where is the punjab govt – horrible scenes throughout? and they will help in Chitral??
    Rather than reporting on real stories, ET (as usual) is just reporting any stuff that goes against PTI.

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  • sabi
    Aug 18, 2013 - 2:34PM

    As part of making efforts for Naya Pakistan people should be ready to go back to stone age.

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  • wak
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:13PM

    ET is not going away any chance of bashing PTI

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  • haroon
    Aug 18, 2013 - 3:59PM

    I am from chitral. These individuals who had press conference are pmln workers. Pmln’s federal government allocated only 1 billion for lowari tunnel whereas for the first time in our history the provincial government allocated 3 billion. The is by far the biggest contribution to Chitral in recent times.

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  • fyza gandapur
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:21PM

    How much PMLN pay you ET?

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  • Informer
    Aug 18, 2013 - 4:58PM

    @haroon:
    Thanks Haroon. Now we see the real picture. And Thanks again to ET for being biased.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2013 - 8:18PM

    *Imran Sahab was failed when He Nominated Pervaiz Khattak as Chief Minister, He is criticizing PMLN and no favor He can get from Government, Imran want to come in power, He came in power in KPK, failed miserably and nothing He can deliver in KPK, and He is failed in KPK, and He is not able to deliver anything practically, due to Kilings of Million of corrupt peoples are required in this Islamic Republic of Pakistan in order to revolutionize Pakistan *

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  • Abdullah
    Aug 18, 2013 - 9:59PM

    I am seriously thinking not to visit ET website…they losers are pretty much biased…
    shame on so called free media…Pity indeed.

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  • shoaib
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:34PM

    @Kamran:
    punjab is 65% of pakistan’s total population and share resources as per NFC award. ask KPK govt to support chitral ppl from the resources they have. spend education budget … it is of no use if ppl are dead.

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  • Yameen
    Aug 18, 2013 - 11:43PM

    You forgot the population count. Punjab taking care half of Country’s population. @Imtiaz Ali Rao:

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  • Aug 19, 2013 - 12:21AM

    Where is so called amazing budget of KPK has gone at the moment of need?

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