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.


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

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