Monday, September 26, 2022

Daily The Patriot edition of 11-09-22

USTA MUHAMMAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and UN Secretary General António Guterres interact with children at a school set up at flood relief camp 

PM Shehbaz, UN chief visit flood hit areas of Sindh and Balochistan

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Sukkur, Sindh, to assess the damage brought on by recent, unprecedented flooding. They are accompanied by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the foreign minister. The United Nations head will visit Balochistan's flood-devastated regions along with Premier Shehbaz and members of the federal cabinet to assess the ongoing relief and recovery efforts. The United Nations secretary-general and the prime minister would also fly over the flood-affected regions of Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Prime Minister Shehbaz and the head of the UN were welcomed by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah at the airport in Sukkur. After that, he will give them a thorough briefing. They will later encounter residents of the Larkana district and its environs. The visit to the archaeological site Mohenjo Daro is also included in their schedule. Later, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the UN chief would visit Balochistan's Tehsil Osta Muhammad, District Jaffarabad, to talk to those impacted by the flooding. According to UN Secretary-General Guterres, Pakistan did not increase global warming. He added that while climate change was currently affecting Pakistan, tomorrow it would likely harm another nation because of how much carbon such nations emit.

The least the politicians can do

By Sardar Khan Niazi

The monsoon rainstorms have caused destruction in various parts of Pakistan. They have been damaging beyond imagination. The issues of relief and rehabilitation are huge. The United Nations Family Population Fund reports that there are an estimated 650,000 expecting mothers, with 73,000 expected to deliver next month, in the flood-affected areas. All of them need healthcare facilities. There is a need to bring these facilities lost in floods back to their access on an emergency basis. Some of the videos on social media showing entire buildings just dismantling like a house of cards would scare even those with a heart of stone. We are in the midst of a disaster that turned out much worse than the 2010 floods or the 2005 earthquake. The extraordinary inflation and serious unemployment have compounded the misery caused by the flood. There may be civil unrest in the days ahead, which could electrify foreign rogue elements to make the most of it. There is only one safety measure against such a likelihood; unity among the provinces, political parties, and institutions. Not a single party leader or institution is above board in these troubled times. The government seems preoccupied with its own wish list, while all the opposition can think of is holding political rallies. Only shared decisions by the stakeholders can solve the problems. However, they are least interested in such an undertaking, even though they all individually have the capacity to turn things around with joint action. As a replacement for political rallies, we need some actual well-intentioned politics, and we need it rather seriously. Ministers, lawmakers, and prominent members of civil society are raising funds by setting personal examples. The opposition leader should also focus his entire attention at least on Punjab Province and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where he has greater control over what happens where. He has already raised enough funds and can use all his international contacts and donors to help more where it is needed the most. He has still to push the provincial governments of KP and Punjab towards more focus on the relief efforts. His failure to do so has meant that these provincial governments have not really gotten on the ground with the relief effort. The prime minister, on his part, should make policies for instantaneous relief throughout the country and make certain appropriate and defensible use of funds. As always, Pakistan Army is carrying out relief activities. The army chief is ensuring rehabilitation and mass-scale volunteering effort by mobilizing the enormous youth force of Pakistan. The target is to reach all calamity-struck areas, particularly Baluchistan, the apparently overlooked province of the country. The leadership across all kinds of divides should put aside grudges and petty conflicts for now in order to show compassion and empathy for the masses. One cannot emphasize how important it is for us to stay united as a nation right now, and steer Pakistan out from not just deep waters, but also from an economic meltdown and internal security. In such a situation, the country is in dire need of unity and political stability in order to help the flood-affected persons and cope with the after-effects of this disaster. Because the rehabilitation of the flood victims after the flood will be a challenge, that requires more unity and endurance than chaos and instability. Optimistically once we recover from the issues at hand, perhaps our relevant institutions seriously brainstorm and prepare against global climate change and its hazards that we are witnessing now. Pakistan is facing the climate change crisis, which is an existential threat. It can become worse if political conflicts are not put aside for now. This is the least the politicians can do.

QUETTA: After Federal Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari reached Aosta Muhammad, Acting Governor Balochistan and Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo are talking.

It’s time to serve flood-affected people, not doing politics:” Atta 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Attaullah Tarar, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM), stated on Saturday that the coalition government in power prioritised helping the flood victims over pursuing its own interests in politics. Speaking at a news conference, he said, "It is sad that a party [PTI] is busy practising politics in these trying times instead of making coordinated efforts to lessen sufferings of the flood-affected people in the country." He believed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) should have used the roughly Rs 250–300 million it spent on each public meeting to aid those impacted by the floods instead of having them in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to Attaullah Tarar, the Punjabi provincial government spent a total of Rs 400 million to buy new automobiles for ministers and advisors during the trying times when the people of Punjab were severely affected by the flood. He expressed regret at the PTI leadership's woeful failure to help the flood victims in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Jammu Kashmir. He claimed that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had visited the regions of the nation devastated by the floods and had spoken with the impacted families in the provinces of KPK, Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh. According to the SAPM, Imran Khan was using Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and his son to facilitate the organisation of political events in the province.

LAHORE: Federal Finance Minister Miftah Ismail is speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Army Chief to visit far-flung areas of interior Sindh's Dadu district: ISPR 

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: On Saturday, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), travelled to remote areas of interior Sindh in the Dadu District. The COAS visited relief and medical camps where flood victims were being treated. He instructed the group to deliver 5,000 tents to the residents of Dadu and the neighbouring areas who had been devastated by the flood. The COAS also spoke with soldiers engaged in rescue and relief operations. Later, COAS was used for aerial survey of Dadu, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Johi, Meher, and Manchar Lake flood-affected districts. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, stated to the media that the flood left Dadu and the surrounding districts in utter ruin. "The entire globe is on our side.

NA Speaker, Deputy Speaker urge nation to follow teachings of Quaid-e-Azam 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani while paying homage to the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, have said that Muhammad Ali Jinnah remained steadfast in all difficulties, and his tireless efforts resulted in to the creation of this beautiful homeland. In their individual statements on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's passing, they voiced these opinions. The speaker asserted that the Quaid-e-guiding Azam's values of "Unity, Faith, and Discipline" were the only way to put the nation on the path of progress and prosperity.

Mehmood condemns attack on Mayor Tank 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The attack on Saddam Hussein Betni, Mayor of Tank, Tehsil of Tank District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been strongly denounced by Federal Minister for Communications Maulana Asad Mehmood, who also expressed concern over the ongoing threats against the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) leadership. Details indicate that there was a shooting incident involving Saddam Betni's police van that was on duty. Mayor Tank is unharmed, however two police officers were hurt and four policemen were killed in the shooting. The injured were received by the medical facility. Mehmood said that the attack claimed the lives of four Saddam Betni militants. I share the families of the martyrs' sorrow, he remarked. According to the minister, efforts were being undertaken to undermine Tank's law and order situation. Under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) administration, the elected representatives are no longer secure. He claimed that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa people's lives and property were not adequately protected by the PTI government. He claimed that Saddam Betni had been busy the previous few days helping the flood victims in Tank. He claimed that "JUI elected representatives and workers were being regularly targeted throughout the province, which is troubling and condemnable."

World paying ‘horrific price’ for fossil fuels folly: UN chief 

By Our Correspondent

SUKKUR: While visiting areas of Pakistan affected by floods attributed to climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed that developing countries were paying a "horrific price" for the global reliance on fossil fuels. Flooding that has destroyed houses, businesses, roads, and bridges and covered a third of the country, an area larger than the United Kingdom, has claimed the lives of around 1,400 people. In order to rehabilitate its devastated infrastructure, Pakistan needs at least $10 billion, and Guterres is hoping that his visit would inspire support. Before visiting some of the worst flood-affected areas, Guterres tweeted, "Pakistan and other developing nations are paying a horrendous price for the intransigence of big emitters that continue to rely on fossil fuels." "I am sending out a global call to stop the craziness from Islamabad. Invest money right away in green energy. Stop the battle with nature. The yearly monsoon season in Pakistan brings with it torrential, often catastrophic rains that are essential for agriculture and water supplies. However, there haven't been downpours this severe in years. Guterres bemoaned on Friday how little the world was doing to combat climate change, and he singled out industrialised nations as the main culprit. He declared, "This is insane; this is mass murder." Pakistan is ninth on a list of nations most susceptible to extreme weather brought on by climate change, but contributing less than 1% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. On Saturday, Guterres will visit Mohenjo-daro, a historic monument that has been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and is in danger from the floods. The floods have impacted about 33 million people and destroyed about two million homes and businesses. They also washed away 7,000 kilometres (4,500 miles) of highways and 500 bridges. Both destructive flash floods in rivers in the hilly north and a steady buildup of water in the southern plains have been caused by the relentless rain. Rozina Solangi, a 30-year-old housewife from a flooded village close to Sukkur, told reporters on Friday that Allah would bless him if he came and saw us. "In this sweltering heat, men, women, and children are all frying. We don't have any food, and we don't have a roof over our heads. As a result, he must take action to help us.

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