PM Nawaz announces Rs1b aid package for Tharparkar

Published: March 10, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif distributing aid among the needy in Mithi on March 10, 2014. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif distributing aid among the needy in Mithi on March 10, 2014. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif distributing aid among the needy in Mithi on March 10, 2014. PHOTO: PID Express News screengrab showing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a briefing.

MITHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced an aid package worth Rs1 billion for the people of drought-hit Tharparkar.

The calamity has so far claimed lives of around 100 children. The prime minister visited the area to meet the affected people and oversee the relief work.

During a briefing on the situation in the district, Prime Minister Nawaz stressed that the Sindh government should fix responsibility and punish those found guilty of negligence.

He further asked Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to chalk out a policy to avoid such damage in the future. “We need to find the root cause of the problem and prevent it,” the prime minister said.

Comparing the living conditions of Cholistan with Tharparkar, the prime minister questioned why there was a huge difference in the quality of life in the two deserts despite having identical environment.

While speaking during the briefing, Chief Minister Shah informed the prime minister that distribution of relief goods was fair and transparent.

Shah said teams consisting of local representatives, journalists and respected residents of the area will be formed to oversee relief efforts and ensure fairness.

The chief minister said that the main health-related problem in the area was a lack of female doctors. “We have decided to pay female doctors twice as much salary as they earn in cities and provide them with transport and other facilities,” he said.

He further assured the premier that his government has formed a policy to efficiently handle this issue and prevent it in future.

According to sources, there is a possibility that Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar and Provincial Revenue Minister Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman may be removed from their positions, Express News reported.

Public nuisance

Prime Minister Nawaz took notice of the strict security measures taken to protect him during his visit to Tharparkar.

The security protocol caused trouble to the people of Mithi as access to a local hospital was blocked.

Bilawal visits

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also visited the district hospital in Mithi on Monday, Express News reported.

Accompanied by Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Bilawal met with and spoke to patients and their families.

Imran Khan criticises

Criticising the Sindh government for neglecting Tharparkar and focusing on the Sindh Festival, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan said that the “feudal mindset operates on gimmicks”.

He was speaking to the media in Lahore.

“Who is responsible for the deaths in Tharparkar? Is anyone going to be punished for it?” he asked.

He held the government responsible for the current state of affairs in the country, particularly terrorism.

Relief work

The Pakistan Army has established four medical camps at Diplo‚ Chachro‚ Mithi and Nagarpakar to provide healthcare facilities to malnourished and sick children, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.

Sindh Food Department has so far distributed over eight million kilograms of wheat in Mithi‚ Islamkot‚ Diplo‚ Chachhro and Nagarparkar, while the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Government has sent fifteen truck-loads of food items and medicines to Mithi.

Pakistan Islamic Medical Association has expedited its medical relief activities in Tharparkar by establishing medical camps in Mithi and several villages. The Association has started an ambulance service between Deplo‚ Islam Kot and Mithi to provide emergency services to drought-affected people.

According to Radio Pakistan, The World Food Programme has also offered life-saving medicines to famine-affected people of Tharparkar.

Government officials transferred

Several influential government officials have been able to secure transfers out of Tharparkar district to avoid responsibility of the famine situation, Express News reported Monday evening.

The Sindh government has already issued transfer notifications to this end.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Raj
    Mar 10, 2014 - 1:49PM

    Hope that the aid is properly used and distributed to needy people… All these politician need publicity

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  • trt
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:45PM

    bilawal bhutto aapko aid deygah (in bbz urdu accent). PPP are a complete and utter failure.

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  • Imran Nazimabadi
    Mar 10, 2014 - 2:51PM

    With new found autonomy and lack of checks n balance after 18 amendment,Sindh govt is busy with loot and plunder full throttle. Sindhis died of acute malnutrition while our wannabe desi nero saeen danced on their skeletons in billion rupees Sindh festival gimmick.

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  • Mar 10, 2014 - 2:52PM

    Lets pray that every penny reaches the poor. Employments should be created for them. Good move though. Sindh government should be brought to court.

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  • N.Sid
    Mar 10, 2014 - 3:42PM

    He could have announced the aid sitting in PM house. There is no need for photo session and show-off. Many crores must have been spent on the protocols, security and VIP movement. No need for this. Concrete and far reaching measurees have to be taken for this. Recommend

  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:08PM

    Now that Pakistan is rid of these thieves from PPP at the federal level, they can only rob the poor of Sindh. I feel tremendous pity for these people. A very good gesture from Nawaz Shareef. He should be applauded. Sindhi people should also escape this cycle of oppression by PPP ethnic extremists and join the rest of Pakistan and embrace multiculturalism and pan-Islamic identity. The era of ethnic politics in Pakistan is over. Alhamdulilah. Now PPP and MQM have to evolve with the new times or vanish with history.Recommend

  • Suleman Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:11PM

    Well Done Nawaz Sharif! Keep up the great work. I am very much impressed by the work that PMLN has done since May 2013. My all prayers go out for the people of Tharparkar.Recommend

  • meedan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:16PM

    I think that PM must make feel his presence there this is very good act and should be praised as the confidence of the peoples there is completely shattered and visit from the premier person was imperative and inevitable so that the people should think for moment that the top man is here to help them. I direly want transparency in the funds allocated for the poor to spent in just the way as intended.
    On the other hand if the ruling party is doing something they should be encourage rather playing politic by saying as additional expenses!!!!!

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  • Gangstapk
    Mar 10, 2014 - 4:17PM

    @N.Sid: People are never happy. Had he not gone to Thar, there would have been a rampage against him, that while he is residing in his luxurious PM house, people in Thar are suffering due to inaccessibility to basic necessities. Just appreciate whatever bit is being done. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:09PM

    People have a habit of trying desi totkas first and go to the doctors only as the last resort. In the case of children that is usually too late. It is not the case of malnutrition but negligence as pointed out by credible authors like Javed Jabbar.

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  • Jawad Khan Niazi
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:14PM

    Good move. A good amount of the aid package should go into projects that help boost the economy of the region instead of individual charity.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:23PM

    if the money is given through the sind government these corrupt peoples party people will eat it instead of giving it to Tharri people

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:28PM

    We are blessed to have such a kind hearted Prime Minister. Long live Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Uzair
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Corrupt thugs in sind government would be gloating for this money as well

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  • Atif Nawaz Khan
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:44PM

    This is good – But there should be someone held responsible for the deaths already occurred, At least someone should be resigned / fired If not hanged…. Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • Flint
    Mar 10, 2014 - 6:52PM

    Sindhis love bilawal ppp, any problem ?

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  • Salman
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:28PM

    @Flint:
    No they don’t. They are forced to vote for PPP because their life depends on it.

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  • Roma
    Mar 10, 2014 - 7:32PM

    1 billion for Thar, 100 billion for Maryam (youth loans)

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  • Mar 10, 2014 - 9:15PM

    The humanitarian crisis in the drought-stricken Tharparkar has caught everybody’s attention because of media efforts. It is hard to imagine the pain and suffering of those who have lost their loved ones. We are extremely saddened to hear about the loss of lives in Tharparkar. Our deepest and most heartfelt prayers go out to all those who have been affected by this unfortunate situation. The government of Pakistan has taken full notice, and it seems that efforts are ongoing to help those in need. We will continue to pray for those who have been affected, and sincerely hope to see the situation improve as soon as possible.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

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  • J
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:21PM

    Leaders from other parties visit Tharparkar. While “Imran Khan criticizes” while visiting Lahore. How convenient.

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  • M A KHAN
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:31PM

    strong textHazrat Umar said if a dog dies with hunger and thirst under his rule Allah will question him The current rulers?

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Mar 10, 2014 - 9:56PM

    How come Bilawal was not wearing Ajrak in the meeting in Mithi and did not say a work.Super sain needs to take Red Bull and get into action for Sind

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:28PM

    @Roma:
    100 billions are for youth of Pakistan. Maryam is the honest custodian of the money.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:33PM

    There is not much difference between Imran’s KP government and PPP’s Sindh government. In Sindh people are dying of hunger and malnutrition while in KP people are dying with bombs and bullets.

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  • Shaheer
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:45PM

    Sindhi public has died.
    But Bhutto is still alive.
    Awam Mar Gai Lekin Bhutto Aaj Bhi Zinda Hai.

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  • Naila
    Mar 10, 2014 - 10:47PM

    Allah bless Nawaz Sharif.
    May give him health, prosperity and long life.
    Aameen.

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  • MJ
    Mar 10, 2014 - 11:22PM

    People in Tharparkar will be lucky if they receive even 10% of this 1 billion.

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  • Sultan Mehmood
    Mar 10, 2014 - 11:48PM

    It is a bit late after 100 children’s death. Gesture is worth applaud though, better late than never.

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  • Parvez
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:24AM

    ……and this too shall pass. The necessary drama is being played out, few people will be shifted around and life will continue as before. Democracy Pakistan style was never and will never be for the people.

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  • Tahir
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:34AM

    Shame ,shame,shame.Shame
    Now the waderas , Government and all high ups will play the blame game

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  • Haris
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:27AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad ..That pretty much explains your understanding.

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  • Sheeda Tilli
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:04PM

    @Flint: no problem just a minor thing that hundreds of Sindhi children dying while Sindhis’ love bilawal zardari celebrating sind festival

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  • Sheeda Tilli
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:05PM

    @Roma: what about 300 crores for bilawal zardari festival while no money for transportation of wheat among dying Tharris???

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  • Sheeda Tilli
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:06PM

    @Gangstapk: what about Zardari the masters of Sindhis? They have palaces all around the world and zardari junior has already reached his palace in dubai???

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  • Sheeda Tilli
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:08PM

    @Ajab Khan Baloch: with ajrak and topi they fool Sindhis who love to be fooled by these corrupt waderas just because these are also Sindhi

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  • Jamil
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:15PM

    I endorse Ch. Allah Dad.
    Where is PTI at this critical incident in Sindh.

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  • Jamil
    Mar 12, 2014 - 1:21PM

    Nawaz Sharif is the only hope for Pakistan. I did not vote for PML N in May 13 elections..
    If somebody is doing good, that must be appreciated. But some people have to criticize at all cost. My next vote for PML N.

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