SHC rebukes officials over ‘failed flood relief response’

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Sindh High Court (SHC) bench on Wednesday expressed resentment over the government’s failure to provide relief to flood victims. A division bench, comprised of Justice Zafar Ahmed Rajput and Justice Shamsuddin Abbasi, heard petitions filed by flood victims over the government machinery’s failure to provide relief to affected people.

Commissioner Sukkur, Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage and officers from other districts appeared in the court hearing. “How much tent cities have been set up for flood victims on the court’s order,” bench questioned the officials. “Tent cities have been established in some areas,” officials replied.

“They are talking rubbish, no help is being offered by the government, people are dying,” petitioner’s counsel Ghulam Shabbir Shar said. “Despite the court’s restraining order, they are administering cuts to canals,” senior lawyer said. “This situation has emerged due to encroaching and blocking natural routes of the water flows,” he lamented.

“Are you servants of people or ministers, MNAs and MPAs,” Justice Zafar Rajput questioned officials. “Don’t deem yourself servants of ministers, MNAs and MPAs,” Justice Rajput said. “Everyone knew, where the relief items for flood victims are going from government offices. Relief items are being kept at out-houses, bungalows.

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