KARACHI: Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that in Pakistan, 33 million people – one in seven people – have been affected by unprecedented rains/floods, and the cumulative losses and damages have been estimated at $ 30 billion. “We are estimating the losses but the actual survey will take place when the inundated areas are cleared.”
This he said while addressing a press conference at CM House on Thursday. He was accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh PPP President Senator Nisar Khuhro, Minister Information Sharjeel Memon, Minister Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro, Saeed Ghani, Murtaza Wahab, Advisor to CM Rasool Bux Chandio and others.
He said that a great portion of the country was facing inundation as floods were still in progress because the water was coming down from Balochistan. He added that 50 percent of the total inundation has been cleared, but various towns and settlements in Sindh, Balochistan, Southern Punjab, and KPK were still under water. “Out KN Shah, Kotdiji, and various other towns and cities looking like the sea.
He said that it was not a riverine flood, but it was the result of a heavy downpour that displaced a population of 33 million people – equivalent to the population of the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. “Now, the stagnant water has started breaking out water-borne diseases, breeding mosquitoes and causing malaria, dengue, and such other issues,” he said and added the floods have damaged 10 percent of our health facilities infrastructure; therefore, the required services have also been affected but even then 3.8 million people have been provided medical treatment through special medical camps.
The chairman of PPP said that one-third of the country has been inundated but some politicians instead of coming over to help the affected people were playing politics, demanding elections, and trying to subvert the government’s efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the affected population. The PPP leader said that it was not only a massive displacement of the people but their standing crops over millions of acres have been washed away, therefore the country was facing multiples losses such as economic loss, loss of lives, and the cattle, therefore we have to take concrete measures to ensure food security.
He agreed to a question that the government has not reached to each and every affected person. “The catastrophe is so huge that if an affected person has been provided with a tent, but he has not been given mosquito net, if a person has been given ration he has not been given water and if he has got water his cattle cannot be given fodder,” he said and added still we were trying to provide relief goods to each and every flood-victim.
The chairman of PPP thanked Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif who has owned each and every person affected by floods. “He owns the entire Pakistan and feels the pain of each, and every person hit by the flood,” he said and added the prime minister visited all the flooded areas, met with the people, and supported them.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the international community was ready to help but deplored that some politicians were hatching conspiracies and giving irresponsible statements to affect the international support reaching the affected people in Pakistan. “But, this will not affect because we have reconstructed and restored the cordial relationship with all the countries which were vitiated by the PTI Chairman during his tenure as prime minister.,” he said.
The chairman said that he was not thinking about who will vote for us or not, but we have to help everyone to rehabilitate him,” he said and vowed to help every flood victim in the country. We will not give up but keep supporting people and iNshallah will pass through this time of the test. We are assessing the damage.
The foreign minister thanked UN Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres for his visit to the flooded areas of Pakistan to witness the magnitude of the catastrophe. “He visited the flooded areas, met with the people living in the camps, visited health facilities, and went to visit Mohenjo Daro, the World Heritage Site, that also been damaged by heavy downpours,” Mr. Bhutto Zardari said and added that Mr. Guterres admitted that he has never seen such a huge catastrophe in his life. The foreign minister also thanked US President, Mr. Biden, for his support for the affected people.
He appreciated the provincial government for convincing the World Bank to come over and help reconstruct the collapsed houses at a cost of Rs110 billion. “The provincial government has taken the lead in reaching the donor agency and convincing them for the solid support,” he said. The chairman said that the issue of climate change needed to be addressed on an international level. “Our contribution of carbon emission is hardly 0.8 percent, but we faced the catastrophe squarely.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the Sindh government has done a commendable job by discharging the stagnant water speedily. “By end of November, we will be ready to cultivate the Rabi crop and Inshallah will help the small growers to reclaim their lands and make them fit for cultivation,” he vowed.
To a question about Imran Khan, Bilawal Bhutto said that the Financial Times accused him of stealing the donations meant for his hospital but even then he termed others as thieves, he usurped the zakat funds of his hospital but still, he called others thieves and he received foreign funds but even then he said the others were thieves,” he said and added that he was himself the biggest thief in the political history of the country.
Replying to a question, the foreign minister said that our relationship with all the countries, including America has improved. “He [Imran Khan], during his tenure as prime minister, had damaged the relationship of Pakistan with various countries but we have engaged proactively with all the countries,” he said and added that the countries which were not ready to shake hands with us were now our friends.
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Musk’s takeover of Twitter last year was seen as an accelerant to creating X, and now he is making moves to change Twitter’s logo to an “X” symbol, indicating a significant shift in the platform’s branding. The little blue birdie that has long represented Twitter may soon become a thing of the past.
SereneAir offers upto 100kg luggage on Dubai-Pakistan flights
KARACHI: SereneAir, a popular Pakistani airline, has introduced a special offer called the ‘Baggage Bonanza’ for passengers traveling on the Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Islamabad routes. This deal is available from 22nd July to 31st July 2023.
Under this scheme, Economy Class passengers can now carry up to 70 kg of luggage, spread across a maximum of three pieces, with each piece not exceeding 32 kg. For Serene Plus passengers, the allowance is even more generous, with a baggage limit of up to 100 kg, divided into four pieces, again with each piece not exceeding 32 kg.
This fantastic offer is valid for specific flights on the Dubai-Lahore route on 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th, and 30th July. For the Dubai-Islamabad route, it’s available on 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 31st July. All these flights will be operated using the Airbus 330-200 aircraft.
To take advantage of this fantastic deal and to find out more details about it, passengers can visit SereneAir’s official website or contact the airline’s UAN at 111-737-363. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy extra baggage allowance during your travel!
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The couple reportedly tied the knot in a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Dir, with an official confirming the marriage. Photographs of the couple on a sightseeing trip surfaced online. Anju stated in the video that she had planned her entry into Pakistan. However, the authenticity of the photos could not be independently verified.
“I want to give this message to all that I have come here [Pakistan] legally and with planning as it was not about two days that I came here all of a sudden, and I am safe here,” she said.
Anju traveled to Pakistan on a one-month visa, and there were initial speculations about their marriage. However, Nasrullah has denied such plans, stating that Anju will return to India after her visa expires. Anju is married and has two children, and her husband was unaware of her travel plans.
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