PM Nawaz visits flood victims in Azad Kashmir

Published: September 11, 2014
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talking to residents in Forward Kahuta, Azad Kashmir. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talking to residents in Forward Kahuta, Azad Kashmir. PHOTO: PID

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited flood-hit areas of Azad Kashmir on Thursday, assuring he would not leave flood victims stranded in their hour of difficulty.

Monsoon rains continue to wreak havoc in Punjab and Azad Kashmir, killing a total of 257 people, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

“It is the responsibility of the government to help flood victims,” the premier said, while talking to residents of Forward Kahuta, Azad Kashmir, after conducting an aerial surveillance of the damage caused by floods in the area.

“We will ensure development in the region,” Prime Minister Nawaz promised, announcing that several development projects would be undertaken in Muzaffarabad, including a railway network.

“A hospital will be built in Haveli and a road network will connect Haveli to Rawalakot,” he announced, adding, “Pakistan’s government will pay for these projects.”

The premier further declared that a university campus would also be built in Azad Kashmir.

“I want Azad Kashmir to become an exemplary state and want to increase tourism and agriculture here as well as develop industries.”

The prime minister also said the floods were “unexpected” and took everyone by surprise. “Our experts had no knowledge of the floods either,” he proclaimed.

Further, the premier said the issues of provinces should be resolved within the provinces themselves and expressed his desire to pass Kashmir’s budget in Muzaffarabad instead of in the federal capital, Islamabad.

“Kashmir’s decisions should be taken in Kashmir,” he said.

Promising a visit to Azad Kashmir again, the premier took this opportunity to bring up the ongoing sit-ins in Islamabad led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek to overthrow his government.

“After resolving the issue of sit-ins I will come back to Muzaffrabad,” said Nawaz, adding, “Pakistan cannot afford negative politics.”

Nawaz also said the Pakistani nation should focus on Kashmir as well. “People of Azad Kashmir are as important to me as those of Pakistan.”

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  • Laraib
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:22PM

    Whats the use now Nawaz Sahib. Your CM Punjab was sleeping for the past 6 years.

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  • salman
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:31PM

    The prime minister also said the floods were “unexpected” and took everyone by surprise. “Our experts had no knowledge of the floods either,” he proclaimed.

    Another lie!! I lost count of how many times Nawaz has lied in last few weeks.

    Hazrat Mir, director general of MEt office, said they 1st issued a flood warning on 6th Aug, then on on 29th Aug & finally a RED ALERT WARNING on 3rd Sept.

    Man, does Nawaz ever speak without lying!!

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  • Arslan
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:38PM

    Premier further adds

    “I thank the Indian govt. for sending this huge rush of floods, we really appreciate it.

    Hope Mr. Mohdi, liked the mangoes I sent”

    &

    Next time we will build a train track here, so that when the flood hits we can enjoy the beauty of the train track”

    I am so genius, i have got to the root of this issue.

    Your’s forever NS

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  • Parvez
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:44PM

    It is good to see the PM actually DOING SOMETHING even if it’s symbolic ……… this apparently is a result of the ‘ dhranas ‘ that has prompted something to happen to the PML-N known to the Gujrati speaking world as ‘ faat, faat, and company ‘

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 11, 2014 - 4:48PM

    In our culture, worst enemies also back off during bad times but fake revolutionary thugs have no sympathy for government and its people. They are not allowing government to pay full attention to flood victims. Shame on them and their supporters.

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  • Anonymous
    Sep 11, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Dramaybaaz

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 11, 2014 - 5:22PM

    Did PMLN thugs not hear people shouting out loud GO Nawaz GO during his fake promises in Kashmir today?

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  • waar3
    Sep 11, 2014 - 5:31PM

    what the excuses plm-n has after ruling on punjab altoghter 15 years???
    dherna is quite irrelevant here for their mismanagement and corruption.

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  • sofee
    Sep 11, 2014 - 5:32PM

    These guys crave for these photo- op moments. unfortunately life has to continue tomorrow as usual for these victims, as these clowns move onto next photo-op session.

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  • Hatim
    Sep 11, 2014 - 5:40PM

    He said all this amidst the crowd chanting ‘Go Nawaz go!’ Saw it on Dawn news.

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  • Ranjha
    Sep 11, 2014 - 6:38PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Speak about your own rottened culture. We are Pakistanis and will take you to your logical end, come flood or earthquake. It is only the non league that cannot chew gum and walk at the same time. You are the government–deal with all problems simultaneously including political disputes instead of pleading for forgiveness and hiding behind some fake cultural norms that exist only in your head. We all know that as soon as you feel the pressure lifting, the true “democrat” in you will start to come out again.

    Full speed ahead Imran. Pakistanis all over the world are enjoying watching this dying beast writhing in pain!

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  • Sher Butt
    Sep 11, 2014 - 6:48PM

    Nawaz Sharif is of Kashmiri origin himself yet he couldn’t do anything for his own people let alone Pakistan.

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  • Sep 11, 2014 - 7:02PM

    The devastation brought by the floods is simply indescribable. It brings much grief to read that many homes and lives have been destroyed in these floods. According to various sources, several thousand homes have collapsed and at least 200 people have died in Pakistan. The pictures clearly depict the pain and suffering of all those who have been affected by the floods. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been impacted by the floods. We sincerely hope that they will find the strength to deal with this tragedy.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

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  • Sep 11, 2014 - 7:29PM

    Our PM is Habitul Lier.

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  • N.Siddiqui
    Sep 11, 2014 - 7:33PM

    Just go through the video of PM visiting A.K, crowd is chanting ‘Go Nawaz go’ and another slogan. Need to call it a day, better than being thrown out by the people. Check the link below. Have some moral courage and some pride.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25pxorchants-of-go-nawaz-go-as-pm-addresses-kashmirisnews#from=embediframe

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  • Sep 11, 2014 - 7:35PM

    Instead of spending money on bullet trains and Metro buses, Azadi bridges etc we need to spend on people and their miseries to get rid of these floods like situation next time. Set the priorities correct Mr. PM.Before these dharnas for the last month which is apparently stopping you and your government to do any constructive work in this regard.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Sep 11, 2014 - 8:08PM

    Repeating history, repeating tsunamic deluge of monsoon rivers, repeating devastation and calamity, repeating monologue from the current PM who is a repetition of an unqualified statesman.

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  • Syed Tahir
    Sep 11, 2014 - 9:01PM

    It’s been years to see a prime minister of Pakistan in Azad Kashmir and I guess he’s the first one to visit this district; isn’t it enough?
    Qadri and Imran Khan might have never come even only to see the beauty of this wonderful place.

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  • salma
    Sep 11, 2014 - 9:13PM

    The prime minister also said the floods were “unexpected” and took everyone by surprise. “Our experts had no knowledge of the floods either,” he proclaimed.
    Another lie!! I lost count of how many times Nawaz has lied in last few weeks.
    Hazrat Mir, director general of Met office, said they 1st issued a flood warning on 6th Aug, then on 29th Aug & finally a RED ALERT WARNING on 3rd Sept.
    Man, does Nawaz ever speak without lying!!Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Sep 11, 2014 - 9:44PM

    “Our experts had no knowledge of the floods either,” he proclaimed.

    Stop lying or fire the damn idiots you have inducted on safarish in all departments. Did they not know what will happen to all the water that had been falling on the mountains for days in the form of heavy rains? What kind of a damn “expert” do you have to be to figure that out?

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  • Umar Murtaza
    Sep 11, 2014 - 10:40PM

    Apart from criticizing the government and Prime Minister, what have you keyboard warriors done for the flood victims? Moan and groan has become the favorite past tjme of this nation. If you yourself cannot do something then please refrain yourselves from criticizing the people who do the same job as you do!

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  • Iram
    Sep 13, 2014 - 10:25AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: What were they doing before revolution?

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  • globalobserver
    Sep 13, 2014 - 10:26AM

    This is all just lip service. Even after nine years, the 2005 earthquake victims haven’t received much help. The $5 billions received as earthquake aid from foreign countries was promptly spent on fighter jets, radar from Sweden, missiles and other army equipment by Musharraf.

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  • king
    Sep 13, 2014 - 11:11AM

    Go Nawaz go.??why is it not mentioned in the tribune’s novel abt a visit of forever NS to azad kashmir?..that’s called media compaign against the TRUTH AND JUSTICE..ET,you are losing your credibility

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  • king
    Sep 13, 2014 - 11:14AM

    @ ch alladad…!..worst enemy is the one who takes power by rigging..you are right,the worst enemy must back off and resign in the best interest of nation

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