Independence without meaningless economic sovereignty: Prime Minister

  • Government struggles to bring life back to normal in flood-hit areas
  • The coalition said it would take decisions to get the country out of any crisis

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday questioned the kind of independence Pakistan enjoys while being “economically enslaved” by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Economic sovereignty is of great importance to any nation in order to protect and maintain independence.”

Addressing flood-affected people during his visit to DI Khan and Tank district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Prime Minister Shehbaz said the current political crisis, depletion of foreign exchange reserves, delay in the disbursement of the IMF loan and the devaluation of the rupee had a negative impact on the economy. the country is seeking emergency financial assistance.

“What have we done in the last 75 years since independence while we are economically enslaved by the IMF and other financial institutions?”

Prime Minister Shehbaz said the collective efforts of the federal and provincial governments are inevitable to ensure the speedy rehabilitation of those affected by flash floods caused by torrential rains.

The prime minister said the coalition government would make decisions that would lift the country out of every crisis.

The Prime Minister also urged the KP government to increase the existing compensation of 0.8 million rupees for the deceased to 1 million rupees to bring it on par with that of the federal government.

“Financial compensation is nothing [compared to the loss of their dear ones]but it will help them overcome the challenges of life […] it is not a competition; it’s free; it is our responsibility,” he added.

The government is working to provide relief and rehabilitate the areas affected by the floods of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan

The premier said no flood policy would be made and that the federal and provincial governments would work together to help flood victims across the country.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was briefed on the damage and relief activities in the flood affected areas of the two districts.

The Prime Minister was informed that a total of 437 houses were damaged in addition to damage to standing crops, livestock in Pai, Ranwal and surrounding areas including Shahbaz Garah, Chirhi, Therhi areas of Tank.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), on behalf of the Federal Government, distributed five food trucks in addition to providing compensation worth Rs 1 million each to the families of those who lost their lives in the calamity.

The Tank and Dera Ismail Khan district administrations have taken effective measures for the rehabilitation and relief of flood-affected areas.

An amount in the range of 0.5 million rupees would be granted for fully damaged houses, while 250,000 rupees would be granted for partially damaged houses. Similarly, the KP government provided 0.8 million rupees to the families of each victim.

In those of Tank, three medical camps were established while a temporary camp was set up in the Amakhel area and provided medical care. Likewise, clean drinking water has been made available for these areas after the pumping of rainwater from the area.

The Prime Minister also visited the flooded area of ​​Prova where a relief camp was set up at a school in Ramak where around 200-300 families received food and meals at midday in addition to the provision of care medical.

The flash flood damaged about 293 homes in addition to destroying 1,720 hectares of farmland. The Prime Minister also interacted with those affected by the Tank and Dera Ismail Khan floods and assured the government’s full support at this difficult time.

The Prime Minister also addressed at times during the visit to the flood-affected areas of Tank and Dera Ismail Khan, stressing the collective responsibility of the federal and provincial governments to extend relief and rehabilitate flood-affected areas. . He said all challenges, including floods, could be overcome with unity and collective efforts.

The Prime Minister said that Rs5 Lakh would be provided for each destroyed house and Rs 250,000 for each partially damaged house.

He said a joint investigation by the federal and provincial governments, the NDMA, the PDMA and other relevant authorities would be carried out to assess the damage to crops and livestock caused by the floods so that the amount of compensation can be paid to the actual people affected.

He also ordered the national highway authorities to immediately begin reconstruction of road infrastructure in flood-affected areas after the investigation is completed.

On the occasion, PDM Chief Fazlur Rehman said that work on Nawaz Sharif Govt’s megaprojects which had been halted for the past four years at DI Khan would be restarted and the Prime Minister would be asked to return to DI Khan to announce other mega-projects for people from southern districts of the province.

Earlier, JEW leader Maulana Ziaur Rehman briefed the prime minister on flood damage in Tehsil Paharpur and nearby areas.

He assessed the Prime Minister that the floods damaged the sewage system due to the negligence of the KP government and urged the Prime Minister to issue guidelines for its de-siltation.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was welcomed by PDM leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman and thanked him for his visit to the flood affected areas of Tank and DI Khan districts.

Prime Minister wins the hearts of those affected by the floods

The Federal Government captured the hearts and minds of flood affected people in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif personally visited the affected areas and met with local people.

During the Prime Minister’s visit to Tank, an elderly person thanked the Prime Minister for sympathizing with them. While communicating his emotions, the senior broke down in tears and said in his native language that ‘this is the first time in his 60 year life that a PM has visited his area’.

The Prime Minister hugged this elderly man and assured him of the full support and cooperation of the federal government during this time of distress.

Another citizen, while speaking to APP, said that the various institutions including FC, Pak Army, Police and Rescue 1122 have been providing relief to residents. In addition, the foodstuffs were also distributed to the victims during this testing period, he said.

Local people said road infrastructure has been badly damaged due to recent floods and rains. However, they thanked the Prime Minister for announcing immediate repairs and maintenance of the infrastructure.

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