August 2, 2010

Thanking army chief from the kingdom of Raiwand

By Ghulam Rehman

Over a million people have been affected by the recent floods in Pakistan so far. According to primary statistics, at least 1,000 people lost their lives while many are missing. About 27,000 people have become homeless only in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of the country as heavily rain hit the country.

Inappropriate planning of the concerned authorities, ignorance and apathy of the federal and provincial governments has once again hit the poor hard in our country. Natural disasters often hit our country but, unfortunately, successive governments have never been able to deal with them properly. The National Disaster Management Authority uses the traditional method of rescue operation—often it reaches the victims in the eleventh hour—when maximum damage has already been done. And this thing has been repeated again and again this year—from the Atabad landslide in Hunza to the recent floods.

The flood victims – from Gilgit-Baltistan to Sindh province – are seeking help and people in the corridors of power are busy in political games. Instead of the democratically elected Prime Minister Gilani, Army Chief Gen. Kayani is visiting the affected people in different areas.

Above all, the chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, instead of reaching the flood victims, is thanking the army chief from his kingdom of Raiwand (the most spectacular private estate in Pakistan)!

Whether democracy and elected government? It's government in a glasshouse!

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