London: Wealthy Pakistani landowners
diverted flood waters away from their properties into
unprotected villages as the nation suffered its worst ever
deluge, the country`s Ambassador to UN has alleged.
Calling for an enquiry, Abdullah Hussain Haroon said
there was evidence the landowners had connived to burst
embankments to protect their standing commercial crops and
diverted the swelling waters to unprotected villages.
"Over the years, one has seen with the lack of floods,
those areas normally set aside for floods have come under
irrigation of the powerful and rich," Haroon told the BBC`s
"It is suggested in some areas, those to be protected
were allowed, had allowed, levies to be burst on opposite
sides to take the water away. If that is happening the
government should be enquiring."
His comments come as allegations have surfaced that
prominent land-owners including PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif
had got flood waters diverted from their land holdings.
The unprecedented floods submerged nearly one-fifth of
the country claiming more than 1,760 lives and affecting about
17 million people.
More than 3.6 million hectares of productive land were
also submerged by the floods.