Sindh govt refuses to accept Punjab assistance for Tharparkar; army starts relief work

TharparkarTHARPARKAR: The relief work in the drought hit area of Sindh has been started by army, Sindh government and other relief organizations on Saturday. Meanwhile the Punjab government has said that the Sindh government has rejected the offer of assistance for the affectees of drought in Tharparkar. On the other hand Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon refute the report regarding rejection of Punjab assistance for the affectees of drought. Meanwhile chief of the Behria Town Malik Riaz Hussian has announced Rs 200 million for the affectees of Tharparkar draught. Malik Riaz said he is ready to spend all his money for the welfare of the people of Tharparkar.

Army troops have been sent in to help Tharparkar affectees while distribution of wheat bags is also underway in the drought-hit areas of Sindh.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)‚ the army teams are helping the people getting medical treatment and food.

A field hospital has been established to provide healthcare to the malnourished and sick.

General Officer Commanding Hyderabad Garrison Major General Inamur Rehman is in the area to oversee the ongoing relief efforts.

The Sindh government has refused to accept the help and assistance offered by the Punjab government for immediate relief of the drought-hit people, especially the women and children of Tharparkar dying of hunger and diseases.

A handout issued by the Punjab government said that the Sindh government was offered all sorts of help and assistance for drought-hit Tharparkar through a communication, but the Sindh government has rebuffed the offer.

Earlir, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the situation of the district and offered aid for it but the Sindh government rejected the offer.

Meanwhile Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said on Saturday that the news about Sindh government’s refusal over Punjab government’s aid for drought-hit district Tharparkar are baseless. Memon said that the Punjab government had not offered any aid.

He thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and federal government for their better steps for help.

Meanwhile the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced a Rs100 million package for the drought-hit people in Sindh.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak directed PDMA to procure rice, flour, pulses, sugar, tea, cooking oil, dates, salt, potable water, milk and medicines from local markets and immediately dispatch them to the victims.

Expressing sorrow over the situation in Tharparkar, the chief minister said that the KP government would not leave the victims alone.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took suo moto notice of the death of children in Thar due to malnutrition. The court will hear the case tomorrow (Monday). The chief has directed the provincial government to submit a report regarding the matter and an officer not less then additional secretary level should appear before the court along with report.

The Thar Desert begins around 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Karachi and runs up to the border with India, where it joins the Rajasthan desert.

Poor health and communication infrastructure keeps the district disconnected from mainstream population.

People in Tharparkar, the desert area of Sindh, are facing famine-like situation in most of the areas where at least 32 malnourished children are reported to have died owing to food shortage. At least 193 children have died in Thar over the past three months.

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