Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo on Wednesday urged the quarters concerned to expedite relief ac-tivities in flood-hit regions of Balochistan as affec-tees were facing shortage of medical supplies and clean drinking water. Speaking on a point of order at the Senate, he said Balochistan was amongst those provinces which had affected badly by the recent flash floods and so far 196 people lost their lives whereas hundreds of thousands of displaced during the current monsoon.
He claimed Quetta was practically cut off from the rest of the country as the city’s main railway line and the highway, which were damaged due to rain, are yet to be repaired. The traffic on Quetta-Karachi National Highway was also suspended for four days as flood water was still flowing over the highway, he added.
The situation in other districts has not improved yet as Musakhail, Zhob, Pishin, Qila Saifullah, Qila Abdullah, Nasirabad and Lasbela were still receiv-ing torrential rains for the past two days. Mean-while, Rana Maqbool Ahmad urged the political parties to work together to mitigate the effects of natural disasters instead of doing politics in the name of affectees for their personal gains. Regard-ing the ‘sedation’ remarks of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill, he said the PTI leadership was indulged in dirty politics and has been on forefront to malign the state institutions. “Gill was trying to create a division within the mili-tary through the comments he made on a private news channel,” said Maqbool.