PMLQ says Punjab govt protected land of the powerful in floods

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 12:04

Lahore: The opposition PML-Q in
Pakistan`s Punjab has in a startling claim alleged that the
PML-N, which rules the central province, broke dykes and spurs
to protect land of powerful politicians in flood-hit areas.

PML-Q leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry
Pervaiz Elahi made the claim, saying the PML-N had broken
dykes and spurs in Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzaffargarh districts.
The flawed policy of the "inefficient and incompetent"
officialdom and breaches of dykes based on "political
considerations" had devastated southern Punjab on a scale
unheard of in the history of the country, he alleged.

Holding Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the brother of
former premier and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, responsible for
the damage caused by floods in Dera Ghazi Khan division, Elahi
alleged that the site and time of breaches were meant to
protect the lands of Zulifqar Ali Khosa and other PML-N
leaders.

"There has been consensus among elected
representatives of the area and water experts that Dera Ghazi
Khan division was submerged because of poor handling by
inexperienced and inefficient irrigation staff and violation
of rules for controlling the situation through breaches,"
Elahi said.

Khosa, the senior adviser to the Punjab Chief
Minister, rejected the allegation that flooding in some
districts was caused by the delay in opening spillways of
Taunsa Barrage.

He said that Elahi, while levelling allegations
against the Punjab government, had totally ignored the fact
that the pressure of flood waters was on a particular side and
this led to the spur being breached.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 12:04

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