Famine situation in Thar a natural phenomenon: CM


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that the current famine situation in Thar areas is a natural phenomena, however, the Sindh government is trying its level best to overcome it.
“Relief services are being provided to the famine-stricken people in Thar without any discrimination, while the Sindh government has declared Thar as calamity-hit, where all-out efforts are being made to ensure supply of food and other relief goods, including fodder for domestic animals in good quantity,” he said while addressing a press conference at Kot Durani.
To a question, Qaim said that a commission headed by the Sindh chief secretary had been constituted to hold an inquiry against the divisional and district officers concerned involved in negligence in discharging their duties to redress the people’s grievances and resolving their outstanding problems.
He said the officers who failed in taking preventive measures against the threat of famine in Thar areas would be punished under law after receiving the commission’s report.
The chief minister further said that the founder of Pakistan People’s Party Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a great national political hero who wanted to make Pakistan an atomic power, and while accepting the challenges from India and other developed countries, Bhutto fought for the Kashmir cause.
To other question about the growing adverse situation of law and order in Sindh, the chief minister claimed to crush the criminal elements to bring back peace and tranquillity at any cost so that the people could take a sigh of relief and run their life affairs in a peaceful and congenial atmosphere. Earlier the chief minister addressed the PPP office-bearers and workers.
Meanwhile, a delegation from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed by Jamaat-e-Islami senior minister Sirajul Haq and Yasin Khalil, on Sunday visited drought-hit Tharparkar district and handed over relief goods worth Rs 100 million to the Sindh government’s relief supervisor Taj Haider. 
The delegation visited the District Hospital Mithi, Al-Khidmat facilities in the area. 
Talking to the media, Haq said that the KP government was standing along with the people of Thar in the difficult situation of famine, and they would not leave them alone in this testing time. The people-hit by famine would be extended all-out help until their full rehabilitation, he said.  
Haq said that besides relief goods, an 11-member doctors’ team was also present in the area, which consisted of child specialist. 
He said that it was a shameful moment that despite living in this modern world, we were not able to provide basic facilities to the people. He said, “We are not prepared for any disaster as every time we face such a situation, we prepare things in a hurry.”
He said that the federal government and four provincial governments should consider this issue seriously and devise an strategy in this regard. 
Haider thanked KP government for providing relief goods to the people of Thar. Sindh government will take advantage of experience of KP officials. 

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