Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday
offered Rs 2 million in aid for victims of the devastating
floods, and have said that the world community is not coming
ahead with assistance as it does not trust the government.
A statement issued by the Omar Khalid, chief of the
Tehrik-e-Taliban chapter in the Mohmand tribal region said the
militant `shura` or council had endorsed the decision to
provide Rs 2 million as aid for flood victims.
The Taliban also referred to Pakistan`s "image
deficit" in efforts to obtain aid from other countries, saying
the world community has no interest in providing help and
financial assistance to the government as it has lost the
confidence and trust of global donor agencies.
The statement claimed the relief provided by the world
community is not being used in a judicious manner.
"That is why the Taliban have offered to provide
fiscal assistance for the people passing through a difficult
time," the statement added.
The Taliban had earlier offered to provide aid for the
flood victims and urged the government to reject aid from
The militants had also issued a veiled threat to
foreign aid workers working in flood-hit areas.
Torrential rains have triggered unprecedented floods
in Pakistan that have over the past month moved steadily from
north to south affecting one-fifth of the country and over 17
Hundreds of thousands have fled the southern city of
Thatta, the latest to be threatened by the floods.
Soldiers and civilian workers are fighting to save the
city, repairing the breached levees on the river.