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PTI rejects allegations blaming Imran Khan for deaths in Kohistan

It was claimed that the KP Chief Minister's helicopter was reserved for Imran Khan's visit to the flood-affected areas of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank. 

PTI has rejected the allegations leveled against Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan that he is responsible for the deaths of four brothers stranded in Kohistan due to the floods.

Earlier, a heartbreaking incident was reported where four brothers drowned after they got stuck in a flooded stream for five hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the details, the five brothers were stuck and only one of them could be saved by the villagers. The other four fell prey to a strong gush of flood water and were killed.

The incident went viral as netizens expressed their sadness over the deaths. Amid the outpour of grief, it was reported by journalist Muhammad Ibrahim Qazi that KP Chief Minister and PTI leader Mehmood Khan did not send a helicopter to rescue the brothers despite multiple requests and the location being 90 minutes away from a helipad in Peshawar.

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Moreover, it was also claimed that the KP Chief Minister’s helicopter was reserved for Imran Khan’s visit to the flood-affected areas of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank.

“It is worth mentioning that Imran Khan sent a helicopter on 8 July 2019 to rescue his family in Golain, Chitral in adverse weather conditions when road connection was blocked due to flooding in the region,” Muhammad Ibrahim Qazi said.

The allegations have gone viral on social media. However, Azhar Mashwani, PTI’s focal person called the news fake. It was clarified that the incident in Kohistan took place on Thursday, whereas Imran Khan’s trip to Dera Ismail Khan was scheduled after his trip to South Punjab was canceled Friday morning.

Imran Khan expresses sorrow over loss of lives

Former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Friday visited the flood-affected areas of the province.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan met the flood victims and review the relief activities in flood-hit districts. Imran Khan was also briefed regarding the flood in Dera Ismail Khan. Khan also visited the flood-hit areas of Tank.

Chief Minister KP has already declared several districts of the province as disaster-hit areas.

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Imran Khan expressed sorrow and grief over the loss of lives in the province due to the rains and recent floods. He said rains have caused large-scale damage across the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Chairman PTI directed that Punjab and KP governments provide immediate relief to the flood victims. He said flood victims should be helped without discrimination.