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    Pak Army to donate a day’s ration to drought-hit people

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has decided to donate a day’s food ration to the drought-hit people of Thar desert in Sindh as the relief activities intensified on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday.

    According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman, the ration would be delivered at the doorstep of every affected family in each village of Tharparker. The ration would be sufficient for 15 days for the family.

    Most areas of Sindh province’s Tharparkar district are facing a famine-like situation and at least 32 malnourished children are reported to have died. About 175,000 families are reported to have been affected and some of them have been forced to leave their homes and move to barrage areas.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah chaired a high-level meeting earlier today to identify the reasons of delay in the distribution of aid to Thar. He asked Sindh Chief Secretary, Chaudhry Mohammad Aijaz, to submit a report within three days affixing responsibility on institutions and individuals for the situation.

    Pakistani armed forces have also increased number of medical camps from six to nine in Mithi, Islamkot, Diplo, Virawah, Nagarparkar, Chachro and Khinser. Mobile medical and food supply teams have also reached far flung areas of Danahi, Majhniti and Goths of Chachro.

    Army medical teams including lady doctors and child specialists are working and have treated 7,139 patients during last three days. 240 tons of rations have been distributed so far as well, said the spokesman.

    He informed that senior military officials are constantly supervising the relief activities.

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    UAE mobilises urgent food & medical aid for famine victims in Pakistan



    Upon the President's directives, UAE PAP mobilises urgent food and medical aid for famine victims in Pakistan

    In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to provide urgent food and medical assistance to those affected by famine in Tharparkar district of Pakistan, the U.A.E. Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE PAP, has mobilised 1500 tonnes of basic food aid including infant formula, to be distributed among 20,000 needy families.

    UAE PAP's administration in a statement today, said that the guidance and generous initiative of His Highness the Head of State comes within the framework of his firm approach to provide humanitarian aid to the needy and poor and provision of a decent life for them, it also highlights His Highness's keenness to alleviate the impact of the humanitarian crisis faced by the Pakistani people in areas affected by the wave of drought and famine.

    It added that the initiative of His Highness the President considered to be the first global humanitarian initiative in response to the consequences of this crisis that threatens nearly 1.2 million inhabitants of the region and has already caused the death of 67 children due to lack of food, poor health care and cold weather in Tharparkar district.

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

    Blaming Bilawal

    Right now the entire media spotlight is on Thar due to the tragedy which has befallen its inhabitants. Many children have died due to malnutrition and as I write these sentences, more gruesome details continue to come out.

    I personally think that the situation in Thar is, to some extent an administrative failure and therefore criticism on the incumbent party is legitimate. There is no way you can absolve a ruling party completely from responsibility.

    However, what I have noticed on the electronic and social media is that many are really going overboard in their criticism and are using this tragedy for political point scoring and for feeling comfortable in their instinctive hatred of the PPP.

    Our TV anchors have tried to link the Sindh festival with the tragedy in Thar to further whip up the sentiment, despite the fact that the two do not have any causal relationship. The Thar tragedy did not happen because the PPP organised the Sindh festival and yet, it is being portrayed as such.

    Their point of view is being lapped up by a large chunk of the urban middle, particularly which hails from Punjab. On social media, I continue to see posts which portray PPP as a party of Pharaohs and murderers who were busy dancing at the Sindh festival, while Thar was dying of hunger. Many youngsters, who have had no knowledge on famines in general, have suddenly become experts on nutrition and are using this opportunity to vent out hate.

    Similarly, when the Sindh festival was held at the famous Mohenjo-daro site, everyone became an expert on Archeology and vehemently voiced concerns over the safety of the ruins despite having had little to no interest in the site previously.

    The most visible target of the entire hate filled campaign is of course the young Bilawal. I have read posts which liken him to a mass murderer and have also seen analogies with the infamous emperor of Rome, Nero. As the chairman of the PPP, he should be facing the heat but to portray him as a mass murderer is uncalled for.

    Many people I know simply hate him for being the son of Asif Ali Zardari and late Benazir Bhutto and their overreaction can actually be understood in that context.

    Even before the Thar tragedy, he was continuously mocked upon and there were jibes on his supposed lack of masculinity and also on his relatively poor Urdu. Today, legacy politics dominate literally every party, with legacy politicians in their ranks. And yet, Bilawal has constantly been targeted as an exception.

    From the very onset, Bilawal has taken a very clear stance on extremism and despite his youth, he has shown great maturity in attempting to understand the issues that plague Pakistan. And yet, even his speech, where he condemned the Taliban was mocked upon.

    It’s no wonder then that those who express revulsion against Bilawal come up with all kinds of apologetic defense for monsters like the Taliban. Beyond Bilawal, they hate all liberal parties who have been voicing opposition to extremists.

    Today Bilawal is being called a murderer and yet the actual murderers are being called “our people”, gone astray due to Pakistan’s decision to side with USA after 9/11.

    This is not to say what has happened in Thar is excusable or less condemnable. Those who are responsible for negligence should be held accountable and should face retribution but at the same time, the huge difference in our reactions is worth pondering upon.

    Tharparkar: A famine of facts

    A tragedy like famines is often a cause of complex factors and while government negligence is an important aspect, it is not the sole cause. Famines such as this have occurred in many desert areas all across the globe and the causes are always multiple such as weather, lack of proper functioning markets, extreme poverty, high level of debt accumulation by the poor, land ownership patterns, etc. What has happened in Thar has to be analysed in the context of these factors and the responsibility of the government also needs to be evaluated accordingly.

    Bilawal has just taken over the party and he should be judged primarily on the way he deals with this tragedy. Where he should be criticised is the way he holds officials from his government accountable. He should be evaluated by what his government does to address the multiple causes of such famines. Yes, if he fails then criticism is valid and in fact should be severe.

    However, merely calling him a murderer is not the smartest of ways to go about it.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1092907/blaming-bilawal

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

    Quote Originally Posted by Jameel View Post
    Blaming Bilawal

    Right now the entire media spotlight is on Thar due to the tragedy which has befallen its inhabitants. Many children have died due to malnutrition and as I write these sentences, more gruesome details continue to come out.

    I personally think that the situation in Thar is, to some extent an administrative failure and therefore criticism on the incumbent party is legitimate. There is no way you can absolve a ruling party completely from responsibility.

    However, what I have noticed on the electronic and social media is that many are really going overboard in their criticism and are using this tragedy for political point scoring and for feeling comfortable in their instinctive hatred of the PPP.

    Our TV anchors have tried to link the Sindh festival with the tragedy in Thar to further whip up the sentiment, despite the fact that the two do not have any causal relationship. The Thar tragedy did not happen because the PPP organised the Sindh festival and yet, it is being portrayed as such.

    Their point of view is being lapped up by a large chunk of the urban middle, particularly which hails from Punjab. On social media, I continue to see posts which portray PPP as a party of Pharaohs and murderers who were busy dancing at the Sindh festival, while Thar was dying of hunger. Many youngsters, who have had no knowledge on famines in general, have suddenly become experts on nutrition and are using this opportunity to vent out hate.

    Similarly, when the Sindh festival was held at the famous Mohenjo-daro site, everyone became an expert on Archeology and vehemently voiced concerns over the safety of the ruins despite having had little to no interest in the site previously.

    The most visible target of the entire hate filled campaign is of course the young Bilawal. I have read posts which liken him to a mass murderer and have also seen analogies with the infamous emperor of Rome, Nero. As the chairman of the PPP, he should be facing the heat but to portray him as a mass murderer is uncalled for.

    Many people I know simply hate him for being the son of Asif Ali Zardari and late Benazir Bhutto and their overreaction can actually be understood in that context.

    Even before the Thar tragedy, he was continuously mocked upon and there were jibes on his supposed lack of masculinity and also on his relatively poor Urdu. Today, legacy politics dominate literally every party, with legacy politicians in their ranks. And yet, Bilawal has constantly been targeted as an exception.

    From the very onset, Bilawal has taken a very clear stance on extremism and despite his youth, he has shown great maturity in attempting to understand the issues that plague Pakistan. And yet, even his speech, where he condemned the Taliban was mocked upon.

    It’s no wonder then that those who express revulsion against Bilawal come up with all kinds of apologetic defense for monsters like the Taliban. Beyond Bilawal, they hate all liberal parties who have been voicing opposition to extremists.

    Today Bilawal is being called a murderer and yet the actual murderers are being called “our people”, gone astray due to Pakistan’s decision to side with USA after 9/11.

    This is not to say what has happened in Thar is excusable or less condemnable. Those who are responsible for negligence should be held accountable and should face retribution but at the same time, the huge difference in our reactions is worth pondering upon.

    Tharparkar: A famine of facts

    A tragedy like famines is often a cause of complex factors and while government negligence is an important aspect, it is not the sole cause. Famines such as this have occurred in many desert areas all across the globe and the causes are always multiple such as weather, lack of proper functioning markets, extreme poverty, high level of debt accumulation by the poor, land ownership patterns, etc. What has happened in Thar has to be analysed in the context of these factors and the responsibility of the government also needs to be evaluated accordingly.

    Bilawal has just taken over the party and he should be judged primarily on the way he deals with this tragedy. Where he should be criticised is the way he holds officials from his government accountable. He should be evaluated by what his government does to address the multiple causes of such famines. Yes, if he fails then criticism is valid and in fact should be severe.

    However, merely calling him a murderer is not the smartest of ways to go about it.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1092907/blaming-bilawal
    I find Bilawal weak, inexperienced and simply using his family name to jostle for a position in Pakistani politics. Politics may welcome him with open arms but i hold a different view. He for the sake of Pakistan must sit back and give the nation a break. Learn listen and mature and try in 20 years. Your response and level of tact in the last 4 weeks with the drought crisis has only magnified your inadequacies.
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    Famine in Thar: Govt announces Rs10,000 aid for each affected family

    Following on from the Rs1 billion aid package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week, the finance ministry on Thursday decided to provide aid worth Rs 10,000 to each affected family through the existing Income Support Cards in two quarters.
    In a meeting chaired by the finance minister Ishaq Dar at the ministry on Thursday, it was decided that the aid will be channeled through existing income support cards.
    It was revealed in the meeting that there are 77,000 families registered under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) live in Tharparker. Each recipient in this area already receive Rs3,600 per month under the welfare programme.
    It was decided on Thursday that these families will now receive an additional Rs6,400 for the next two quarters.
    The finance minister directed the concerned officials to ensure transparency and good governance for delivery of aid.
    The meeting was also attended by Minister for Information and National Heritage Senator Pervez Rashid, Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Saeed Aleem, Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood, Advisor to the Finance Ministry Rana Assad Amin and senior officials of the Finance Ministry.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/682570/f...fected-family/

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    Famine in Thar: Govt announces Rs10,000 aid for each affected family

    Following on from the Rs1 billion aid package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week, the finance ministry on Thursday decided to provide aid worth Rs 10,000 to each affected family through the existing Income Support Cards in two quarters.

    In a meeting chaired by the finance minister Ishaq Dar at the ministry on Thursday, it was decided that the aid will be channeled through existing income support cards.

    It was revealed in the meeting that there are 77,000 families registered under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) live in Tharparker. Each recipient in this area already receive Rs3,600 per month under the welfare programme.

    It was decided on Thursday that these families will now receive an additional Rs6,400 for the next two quarters.

    The finance minister directed the concerned officials to ensure transparency and good governance for delivery of aid.

    The meeting was also attended by Minister for Information and National Heritage Senator Pervez Rashid, Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Saeed Aleem, Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood, Advisor to the Finance Ministry Rana Assad Amin and senior officials of the Finance Ministry.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/682570/f...fected-family/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superkaif View Post
    I find Bilawal weak, inexperienced and simply using his family name to jostle for a position in Pakistani politics. Politics may welcome him with open arms but i hold a different view. He for the sake of Pakistan must sit back and give the nation a break. Learn listen and mature and try in 20 years. Your response and level of tact in the last 4 weeks with the drought crisis has only magnified your inadequacies.
    Bilawal is ill-equipped to handle the challenges of Sindh and Sindhi people. Most leaders and politicians fail to realize it is not money that we need, we need infrastructure and development in our regions which we don't have. We don't need short fixes, we need sustainable development in our regions, where we can fend for ourselves. The latest technology for farming, irrigation.

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    Re: Famine in Thar: Govt announces Rs10,000 aid for each affected family

    Quote Originally Posted by Felix View Post
    Following on from the Rs1 billion aid package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this week, the finance ministry on Thursday decided to provide aid worth Rs 10,000 to each affected family through the existing Income Support Cards in two quarters.

    In a meeting chaired by the finance minister Ishaq Dar at the ministry on Thursday, it was decided that the aid will be channeled through existing income support cards.

    It was revealed in the meeting that there are 77,000 families registered under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) live in Tharparker. Each recipient in this area already receive Rs3,600 per month under the welfare programme.

    It was decided on Thursday that these families will now receive an additional Rs6,400 for the next two quarters.

    The finance minister directed the concerned officials to ensure transparency and good governance for delivery of aid.

    The meeting was also attended by Minister for Information and National Heritage Senator Pervez Rashid, Chairman NDMA Maj Gen Saeed Aleem, Finance Secretary Dr Waqar Masood, Advisor to the Finance Ministry Rana Assad Amin and senior officials of the Finance Ministry.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/682570/f...fected-family/
    How far is 10,000 going to go. Nice gesture but sadly not enough.

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    Thar Hindus not getting appropriate food supplies

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    ISLAMABAD: There have been allegations of discrimination against Hindus in provision of relief commodities dispatched by the federal government for drought-hit Thar region of Mithi. Sources have said that the bulk of commodities dispatched to Thar include meat products, which are religiously prohibited for the majority Hindus in Thar. The Hindus have been restricted to small portions of lentils, which is an insufficient source of whetting appetites, while vegetables, which are strong source of building immune system, have been ignored. Medical and nutrition experts and chief coordinator of relief services Arbab Ghulam Rahim have also termed this prohibition of meat by Hindu community as the chief cause of Thar’s horrific famine, since many Hindu citizens are said to have fallen ill from continuous consumption of lentils. PPP’s parliamentarian Ramesh Lal has said that about two million Hindus of Thar were suffering due to lack off access to relief goods arriving in Thar. He said though the Sindh government is trying is best to facilitate the Thar people; however, it could not succeeded as it should be.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/nationa...-food-supplies

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

    It is unacceptable that supplies are not reaching us just because we are Hindus. This is unacceptable, and I protest against this.

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

    Quote Originally Posted by dilkumar View Post
    It is unacceptable that supplies are not reaching us just because we are Hindus. This is unacceptable, and I protest against this.
    Please dont talk nonsense. No one is singling out Hindus. NO ONE is getting supplies.

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

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    Please dont talk nonsense. No one is singling out Hindus. NO ONE is getting supplies.
    Please read this article:

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    ISLAMABAD: There have been allegations of discrimination against Hindus in provision of relief commodities dispatched by the federal government for drought-hit Thar region of Mithi. Sources have said that the bulk of commodities dispatched to Thar include meat products, which are religiously prohibited for the majority Hindus in Thar. The Hindus have been restricted to small portions of lentils, which is an insufficient source of whetting appetites, while vegetables, which are strong source of building immune system, have been ignored. Medical and nutrition experts and chief coordinator of relief services Arbab Ghulam Rahim have also termed this prohibition of meat by Hindu community as the chief cause of Thar’s horrific famine, since many Hindu citizens are said to have fallen ill from continuous consumption of lentils. PPP’s parliamentarian Ramesh Lal has said that about two million Hindus of Thar were suffering due to lack off access to relief goods arriving in Thar. He said though the Sindh government is trying is best to facilitate the Thar people; however, it could not succeeded as it should be.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/nationa...-food-supplies

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    Pakistan Army doctors treat 3,458 in drought-hit Thar

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    MITHI: A number of medical camps, set up by the Pakistan Army, have provided medical assistance to around 3,458 patients in the drought-stricken Tharparkar region of Pakistan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Tuesday.

    According to a handout issued by ISPR, healthcare specialists from Pakistan Army Medical Corps, working in six field hospitals, are serving the sick around the clock.

    The camps have been established in Mithi, Islam Kot, Nagar Yarkar, Chacharo, and Kaisar, the statement added.

    It further said that Pakistan Army, in its relief operation, had, so far, dished out about 110 tons of food supplies to the famished Tharis.

    Dozens of children have died of malnutrition and other causes in Tharparkar, prompting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to travel to the famine-hit area to allocate $10 million in emergency aid.

    National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) confirmed the U.N. figures, saying 26 under-five children had also died in December when a severe drought hit the area located in southern region of Sindh.

    The drought has affected an estimated 900,000 people, according to the Tharparkar deputy commissioner's office.

    Local administration and some media reports suggest children were dying due to drought-related malnutrition while around 900,000 have so far been affected in Tharparkar.

    It has also been reported that relief goods were not reaching the affected area promptly while one report claimed around 60,000 sacks of flour had been dispatched to Sindh but only 900 had been distributed. – SAMAA

    http://samaa.tv/pakistan/11-Mar-2014...ought-hit-thar

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    Thar crisis: Medicines still not available in hospitals, says report

    KARACHI: Emergency was declared in five districts of Sindh including Thatta in the wake of the crisis in Tharparkar, according to a report presented before the Sindh High Court (SHC) by session judge Mithi, Express News reported on Tuesday.

    According to the report, medicines were still not available in hospitals of the drought-hit district.

    SHC Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar had taken notice of the death of children due to acute malnutrition in Tharparkar and called for comments from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chief, the provincial chief secretary and secretary food, agriculture and livestock departments.

    He had issued these directions while he read a letter addressed by the SHC Bar Association, requesting him to take notice of the situation in Tharparkar.

    The SHC had also issued a notice to the NDMA to submit its report, informing of what measures they have initiated to mitigate the miseries resulting from the tragedy.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/684217/t...s-says-report/

    Everyday they drag their feet - more are suffering....

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    Very frustrating. Nawaz Shareef likes to be an international statesman and neglects his homeland ...............unless its Lahore

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    The challenge of Thar

    Bilawal Bhutto’s grandpa was a charmer. He could sway the crowds to his chants and on most difficult and intricate issues — political, personal or social — he would seek and gain their countenance with remarkable ease. Grand display of sharing a personal weakness for alcohol, that had by then been made into a political fallibility at the hands of an aggressive opposition, he ventured out to his endeared crowds and famously said, “thori si pee leta hoon tou is mein kya burai hai; logon ka khoon toe nahin peeta”. Truer words have not been spoken. In one stroke, he had them condone a personal weakness as they lovingly approved of his playful proclivity, and blunted his Rightist opposition’s most devastating tool against him.

    As ZAB returned from difficult negotiations at Simla with Indira Gandhi, having already lost East Pakistan and a large number of prisoners still in India’s custody, he again reverted to the crowds in a public address to meet an underlying precondition to recognise Bangladesh for the return of the prisoners. He got the crowds moving to his every note as he spoke to them. When to every question that he posed to the thousands before him, they all shouted a ‘yes’ in unison, he slipped in ‘the’ question: whether he should now recognise Bangladesh? In that great moment of public ecstasy and with the momentum that his personal chemistry had engendered, he got a loud ‘yes’ and a cheer for an answer. It seemed the people of Pakistan had, with their own efforts, indeed carved out Bangladesh as a measure of nobility. In such management of emotion and a personalised relationship with his people, he had crossed a most difficult political Rubicon of his times. He underlined what is most critical in public political life — the sense that he belongs to the people and that the people belong to him.

    Of Berkeley and Oxford, ZAB was soon to immerse himself in the local political culture of the subcontinent, though. And those were still relatively subtle days of nuanced politics where values and political beliefs dominated the urge to play a more exploitative genre of what was to follow and is now at its basest. What these fine institutions ingrained into people who they taught seemed to subsume in time to their most ruthless, manipulative and exploitative form of politics. Thar has tragically exhibited this in the past weeks.

    Bilawal’s mother was equally suave. Of Oxford and Harvard, she too slipped rapidly into the shabby lows of subcontinental political culture. While ZAB may have been forced to reluctantly embrace the surrounding norms for his political survival, Benazir had seen the rough and tough of politics already and would have come back with a predisposition to the only manner of politics relevant to our climes. That her marriage to Asif Zardari may have only hastened the process is a given. But then Mr Zardari was a local product and knew only one way to survive and succeed.

    Thar, then dear Bilawal, is only a reflection of the politics that you have chosen to enter. Since it is early days, poor Bilawal still might be wondering what to do with his teachings at Oxford beyond the Sindh Festival that his elders may have schemed for him for his domestication and initiation to the local political culture. Such teaching and learning is best cast aside as one prepares to wade deep into the lows of a political philosophy turned on its head.

    At Oxford, Bilawal must have learnt that politics was a public service. Not here though. In the subcontinental thinking, it is a means to muster power and obtain proximity to pelf. The people — the jamhoor — the basis of this contract between the politician and his constituents, are only relevant in this subcontinental form of democracy to elevate the politician to a position of power. Thereon, the people, the jamhoor in jamhooriat, must fend for themselves. Thar is only an exhibit of this irony. Want to know more why democracy is stunted; why 79 per cent of the people of Pakistan still think the army is more trustworthy than the politicians? It may only be a case of minor relativity, and institutions, from one-to-all, are all steeped in decay. But it sure is why the poor people of Thar are dying of starvation, disease and deprivation. Without much attributable to Bilawal alone, though, the festivities at the Sindh Festival were the closest to, ‘a Nero-playing-the-lyre even as Rome burned’.

    What is the first local lesson in politics that the octogenarian Qaim Ali Shah must have rendered to Bilawal as he assumed the mantle of the dynastic heir in the PPP? ‘Saaeen, if we do too much too soon for these people who touch your heart, and fill their bellies with their needs, they will not have a need for which to look up to us. They could then go their different ways; even dream a change under someone as foreign as an Imran Khan.’ The same lesson that ZAB learnt and BB played around with. Else, in a party of the common man, the hari, the kissan and the mazdoor, men and children need not die worse than the fate that befalls an animal.

    It is time for Bilawal to define himself and his politics. He could follow the saaeens of the fore and continue this degenerative trend; or, given his youthful energy and an idealism that he is sure to have imbibed in the creative culture of Oxford, follow his dream. He can stick to his dynastic profession of politics but become the game-changer; force others to change their way of ruling the people, and make politics into the public service that it is meant to be.

    There are two aspects to this malady of Thar: one is a governance failure; and second is the administrative dysfunction. Both are now entrenched parts of how this state functions, all across; luckily, remedies are available to both. Governance is attitudinal in nature; political leaders can correct that. Administration is a demand-and-supply phenomenon. Again, the key is with the political leadership. On corruption, there are past masters around him, who could help him gradually wean a system towards greater fidelity. Meanwhile, Tharis continue to populate their graveyards.

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 22nd, 2014.

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    As water disappears

    Water is life. As water disappears, so does life. The present crisis in Thar could not have portrayed this tragic relationship more poignantly. Pakistan is not heading towards, but already is, in a water crisis situation. Every report has warned that Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world.

    The shock of seeing Pakistan alongside Ethiopia on the world water map only makes sense to us when we think of the Thar famine and the death and disease it has caused. But what still does not register is that very soon, like loadshedding and gas shedding, we will have water shedding if we just wait for dams to be constructed and India to become more generous.

    The fact that at present Pakistan possesses only 30 days of water reserves while the minimum for similar climates required is 1,000 days is a confirmation of the risks we are incurring with each passing day; just the way we ignored the electricity shortfall till it was too late.

    We are blessed with plentiful water supply and we need to preserve this precious resource. Most discussions are centred on water shortage, but the terrible quality of water is another topic that should be a cause of grave concern.

    Seventy-five percent of the population consumes unsafe and contaminated drinking water. Studies carried out on water in major cities like Islamabad and Lahore have the same ratio: one can imagine what rural water quality must be where arsenic content has reached poisonous levels. Forty percent of communicable diseases are waterborne. According to the International Union on Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 60 percent of infant deaths are caused by waterborne diarrhoea in Pakistan, the highest in Asia.

    The solutions to these problems are twofold – water development and water management. Water development is all about increasing water capacity by building new reservoirs; water management is about conserving and saving water by reducing leakages and losses. Much has been written about building water dams and reservoirs.

    Somehow the dam controversy has been linked with the Kalabagh controversy. However, there are many other dams that need to be build and unless a clear water policy is not announced by the government and is given due debate in the assembly, water shortage will remain a volcano waiting to erupt any time. There has to be a ‘national water policy’ and then a consensus to develop a roadmap to proactively deal with a crisis we all know is round the corner.

    Water management strategies include changing crop patterns, using drip or sprinkling irrigation, legislating on water usage, stopping water theft and wastage, reviewing water accords and treaties especially those with India to prevent exploitation etc. All these need urgent planning and implementation at the state level. Research shows that water is best conserved if you let water users manage it. That is why the world over the success of letting farmers become managers of water has had resounding results.

    Similarly when household users are involved in conserving water, the results are very encouraging. The success of water management in countries that are blessed with much less water than Pakistan is not only due to better government policies but an extremely effective citizen awareness and engagement programme at the household level where each citizen feels responsible for saving every drop of water.

    The ignorance of how gallons of water are being wasted by each of us is almost criminal. Thus, till we find a government that can solve all water development and management issues, we need to raise awareness among all citizens on ways to save water. Simple things like just becoming conscious of small household checks can save a huge amount of water. Small leaks in pipes should be stopped immediately as 20 gallons of water per day will be wasted with small leakages. With large leakages it can amount to hundreds and thousands of gallons, depending on the size of the leakage. Toilets should not be used as ashtrays or trash bins. Every time we flush a cigarette, or a tissue etc in the toilet, five to seven gallons of water gets wasted.

    Putting the shower on before taking a bath is a huge drainage on water as five to 10 gallons of water is wasted on every unneeded minute. Having leaking tubes lying in the lawn for unlimited times wastes 100 to 500 gallons of water per hour.


    Another water guzzler is car washing. Do not use the hosepipe to wash the car endlessly causing a flood around the car and on the floor. Use a soap-filled pail; soap the car with it and then use water to clear the soap and a car cloth to dry it. You can save 150 to 200 gallons of water like this. Do not wash driveways and floors with pipes but with water in pails and brooms and cleaning cloth.

    Water wastage is a sin in our religion as well. However, we commit this sin daily. All revolutions start with a change in mindset and if we as citizens start taking responsibility of every drop of water that we use, it will start a water movement that in time will force the media and the government to follow suit.

    The writer is an analyst and columnist.

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    683 water plants to be installed across Thar, says Bilawal

    KARACHI: Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party, has said the Sindh government is installing 683 solar-powered reverse osmosis plants in drought-hit areas of Thar and other arid regions to provide 10,000 gallons of safe drinking water daily.

    “As the world observes the International Water Day today, we reiterate our commitment to ensure a well-irrigated and greener Sindh and Pakistan,” he said in a message released by the party on Sunday.

    He said that PPP government in Sindh had taken revolutionary initiatives for the revitalisation of irrigation resources which included refurbishment of 3,420-mile long canals and dykes, construction and repair of 3,890 watercourses, installation of 1,762 tube wells, introduction of sprinkle and drip irrigation systems and rain guns and renovation and repair of Sukkur Barrage.

    A total of 500 water treatment plants would be set up in addition to 20 plants in Keamari and Lyrari and the world’s biggest water filtration plant in Shaheed Benazirabad, he said.

    He said that his party was taking steps to sensitise public to using every drop of water consciously and wisely to be able to fulfil needs of drinking water as well as the needs of agriculture and industrial sectors.

    Tribute to Nusrat Bhutto

    PPP patron-in-chief paid glowing tributes to Begum Nusrat Bhutto on the occasion of her 85th birthday anniversary on Sunday.

    He said in a press release that her grandmother led a valiant struggle against a tyrant military dictator and braved state torture and jails in her struggle for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan.—PPI

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    Re: Famine-like situation in Thar after severe drought

    Over 22,500 Thar families still without relief supplies, SHC told

    KARACHI: Expressing extreme annoyance over the provincial government failure to supply food and relief to the people in drought-hit parts of Tharparkar, the Sindh High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to request army aviation and other departments to airlift relief goods to the 22,758 families who are still without food and relief supplies.

    A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar was seized with the hearing of three identical petitions pertaining to the drought-hit people of the desert.

    The bench also ordered the formation of a committee, headed by the additional district and sessions judge of Tharparkar, to check and monitor the performance of health officials posted in the drought-hit area. A senior doctor of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation and Dr Sono Khanghrani of the Sindh Rural Support Organization were ordered to be the members of the committee.

    The bench visibly became irked as it went through a report of the senior member of board of revenue and relief commissioner who conceded that as many as 22,758 families were still without food and relief supplies.

    “It has come on record that several deaths were caused due to acute shortage of food in Tharparkar,” said Chief Justice Baqar, adding that it was sheer injustice to the people of the province.

    The bench directed the committee to file a report regarding the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of various health facilities in the area by April 8, the next date of hearing.

    The court also directed the provincial government to place on record the entire mechanism of the food supply system in the province and more particularly in its far-flung areas.

    The bench ordered Fazalur Rahman, Ghulam Mustafa and Makhdoom Aqeeluz Zaman, who were posted as relief commissioner, Mirpurkhas commissioner and deputy commissioner respectively at the relevant time, to appear in court well prepared to meet all relevant queries. The officials were also warned not to avoid appearance in court on any pretext.

    The senior member of board of revenue and relief commissioner, Alamdin Bullo, informed the court that the provincial government had committed a quota of 131,721 wheat bags of 100 kilos each and 110,371 bags had been supplied. He said that the remaining wheat bags were expected to arrive by Wednesday and it would be distributed within the next four days.

    To provide relief to ailing people, he said, around 6,280,038 stocks of 66 different medicines were provided to district and taluka headquarter hospitals.

    The relief commissioner said that outbreak of diseases led to the death of around 188 patients altogether, including 109 children, since Dec 1, 2013.

    He said the main causes of death of children were sepsis, haemorrhagic disease, birth asphyxia, pneumonia, mayo cordial infection and malnutrition.

    He said that as many as 34 medical camps were established by the PPHI and 15 mobile medical teams/camps being run with the help of local NGO and government functionaries.

    Besides, he said, a 40-bed hospital for male patients was also set up in an adjoining building of the Civil Hospital Mithi.

    The commissioner said that 52 medics including 14 women medical officers and 16 specialists were posted in the affected area on March 14. The joining process of the current appointees would complete preferably by March 26, he said. He said at present 81 medics, including one gynaecologist, were working in the district.

    He said that as a future strategy and to mitigate the gravity of probable disaster, the government was working on short-term, medium-term as well as long-term plans to combat the situation.

    One of the petitions seeking measures to deal with the Tharparkar tragedy was filed by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum and rights campaigner Javed Iqbal Burki, who impleaded the secretary of the establishment division, the ministry of national food security and research, interior minister, director general of the Federal Investigating Agency, chief secretary, local government secretary, provincial revenue and relief secretary, health secretary, national regulations and services secretary as well as federal and provincial chiefs of the National Disaster Management Authority as respondents.

    Other petitions were filed by the Sindh High Court Bar Association and Rana Faizul Hasan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of the United Human Rights of Pakistan.

    Piler, represented by Advocates Faisal Siddiqui and Mohammad Vawda, submitted that more than 200 people, including women and children, died in Tharparkar as a direct result of, inter-alia, famine, malnutrition, disease and criminal negligence of the respondents.

    Through the petition, they sought justice and enforcement of fundamental rights and the law, for the victims, the survivors and their families, and directions from the high court to deal with the Tharparkar tragedy and to avoid such tragedies in the future.

    It was submitted that most areas of Tharparkar district, including Tehsil/Taluka Mithi, Chachro, Diplo, Islamkot, Nagarparkar and Khinsar, were facing a famine-like situation and more than 200 people, a majority of whom were reported to be malnourished children, died. Over 175,000 families were reported to have been affected and some of them have been forced to leave their homes and move to barrage areas, the court was informed.

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    Thar death toll rises to 212, as one more child dies

    MITHI: One more girl child died due to malnutrition taking the total death toll to 212 in Civil Hospital here, Geo News reported on Tuesday.

    Sources said that the patients’ rush in the hospital still continues, as over 40 children seriously ill are presently under treatment.


    Famine-hit Tharis also facing great difficulties in obtaining the government announced relief amounts from the one government and three private banks in Mithi and the lone private bank in Chachro whose ATM machines often go out order or out of cash, sources said.

    Besides with the shooting mercury in the summer heat, most of the private relief teams and NGOs have left Tharparkar, while the government relief work moving at snail’s pace further compounding the woes of the people in Tharparkar.

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