London: Activists of Pakistani cricketer-
turned-politician Imran Khan`s political party staged a
protest outside the hotel where President Asif Ali Zardari is
staying accusing him of "misusing" public money at a time when
the country is facing the worst-ever floods.
Activists of the UK Chapter of Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf chanted slogans and held placards when Zardari
arrived at the Churchill Hotel.
The activists said they staged the protest to express
solidarity with flood-ravaged Pakistanis, over 1,500 of whom
have lost their lives and as many as 2.5 million others have
"Pakistanis are struggling to cope with the worst
floods in 80 years while the `elected` President starts a 5
day visit to the UK using the taxpayers money. This is the
height of callousness", the chapter said in a release.
According to the party, the Pakistan People`s Party
convention in Birmingham on Saturday will will cost 60,000
pounds for the venue`s charges alone.
The money could have provided relief to thousands of
flood affected families, the party`s UK coordinator Rabia Zia
The party also criticised the statement made by Prime
Minister David Cameron during his trip to India where he
accused Pakistan of "promoting the export of terror to India
Zardari should have cancelled the UK visit, the party
In the statement, Khan said: "The country is in the
grip of the worst floods that have unleashed widespread
devastation, especially in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa province, leaving
hundreds of dead and millions homeless. In view of these
circumstances, President Zardari should have suspended his
The UK chapter of the party will hold another protest
against Zardari`s visit in Birmingham on Saturday.