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PTI claims govt. refused to work together on flood relief operation

PTI alleges that it received no response from the federal government when it proposed a joint action plan for disbursing funds to flood victims.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that it wanted a joint action plan with the federal government to deposit the funds for the relief operation, but the federal government ignored PTI’s request.

The recent spell of monsoon in Pakistan was the worst in over a decade. Many districts in Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, and KPK faced flash floods, leading to severe destruction and displacement of over 33 million people while killing 1400.

As a result of the dire situation, the Pakistani nation, along with the international community came together to provide relief goods to the flood victims. Political parties also used their influence to raise funds for the flood victims.

PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telethon where he raised over Rs 5 billion, out of which over Rs3 billion have been collected. His second telethon also raised over Rs 5 billion. Imran Khan said the party would allocate funds on the basis of the recommendations of his team.

Read more: PTI’s telethon—proof of Pakistanis’ trust in Imran Khan

Regarding the distribution of funds, Fawad Chaudhry revealed that Imran Khan will visit the flood-affected area of Taunsa. He also said that funds are still being deposited for the flood victims.

“Imran Khan will arrive in Taunsa today to visit the flood-affected areas. Funds are being deposited for the relief of the flood victims and we wanted a joint plan to spend these funds, but the lack of interest of the federal government is that there was no response. However, our preparation is going on,” Fawad Chaudhry said.

PM Shehbaz’s appeal

On the other hand, amid the flood crisis, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had extended an olive branch to Imran Khan urging him to set aside his acrimony, for now, and work together for providing relief to fellow countrymen affected by the floods.

Speaking to the international media at the PM House, the premier said he wished to ask Imran Khan to sit with him and move forward on relief efforts and bring the country out of this crisis.

“Let’s put together a united effort, let’s move with unity of thought and action, let’s move in unison,” Shehbaz Sharif said in an unprecedented appeal to his predecessor.

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