UN To Discuss Pakistan’s ‘Humanitarian Crisis Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Sunday expressed hope that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after visiting the flood-affected areas will call upon the international community to lend a helping hand to Pakistan as it battles devastation after unprecedented floods.
Speaking to the media after a visit to Mazar-e-Quaid on the country’s founder’s 74death anniversary, CM Shah said that the UN secretary-general (UNSG) personally witnessed the destruction caused by rain-induced floods in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh and Balochistan, and in the upcoming UN session the humanitarian crisis will be discussed.
UN To Discuss Pakistan’s ‘Humanitarian Crisis
“I am sure the international community would help us to face the situation and rehabilitate the affected people,” he stated.
The chief minister expressed disbelief as he said he had never seen such a catastrophe.
According to the Sindh chief minister, his government is trying to prepare at least 75 per cent of agricultural lands for the wheat crop. “We have lost our standing paddy and cotton crops in this Kharif and would not be able to afford to lose Rabi crops,” he added.
“Karachi is part of the province, and we are making arrangements to shift them to the camps and will look after them,” he said adding that the displaced persons were “in pain, and their dispossessions [in the flood] demand that each and every one of us, according to our status and position, should help in their rehabilitation”.
CM Shah also admitted that energy providers, including K-Electric, Hesco, and Sepco, have failed to deliver. “I am sorry to say that our power distribution companies, particularly the Hesco and Sepco had no contingency plan to continue power supply at least to the pumping stations involved in pumping out rainwater from the towns and cities,” he said.
“It is our utmost responsibility to make this country a cradle of peace and home of a strong nation.”
After laying a floral wreath and offering fateha (prayer), CM Shah recorded his impressions in the visitors’ book opened to observe the 74th death anniversary of the father of the nation. He was accompanied by his cabinet members, Saeed Ghani, Shahla Raza, Advisor Rasool Bux Chandio, and others.
“We won this country with his struggle; therefore, it becomes our responsibility to save, protect this nation and empower it to prosper,” he said.