Karachi Rains: Army called in, Sindh government nowhere to be seen
Political commentators are mulling quietly over an important question; where is the Sindh government?
In line with the directions of PM Imran Khan, Army troops have arrived in Karachi to assist the civil administration in handling the situation arising out of the heavy rains, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Political commentators are mulling quietly over an important question; where is the Sindh government? Notably, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is in power in Sindh for more than a decade.
The deteriorating situation of Pakistan’s largest city and economic hub annually during the monsoon raises serious questions about the governance model the PPP is following in the province.
According to the military’s media wing, Pakistan Army has started the relief operation in rain-hit Karachi. Army’s rescue teams along with de-watering pumps and other necessary equipment have started draining out water accumulated in low-lying areas of the metropolis.
Rescue teams evacuating people trapped in rainwater in different areas of the metropolis, said ISPR.
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The Army is cleaning Karachi?
The Pakistan Army teams have also kicked off the cleanliness campaign in Karachi to assist the civil administration in removing dirt1 and garbage from the city’s major storm-drains.
The army-run Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) personnel started cleaning operation at Gujjar Nullah in Nazimabad with around 50 dumpers, cranes, and other machinery to remove the garbage, which had choked the flow of water in the drain during the recent monsoon rainfall and submerged the adjacent area.
Sindh Rangers personnel have also been posted at the site of the drain clearance work which is conducted by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
The garbage from the sewerage drain being directly transferred to the landfill site. The drain clearance work has also been initiated at ‘Cafe Piyala’, an area in the Federal B. Area of the megalopolis with heavy machinery and other equipment.
After the 18th Amendment, argue analysts, it was made sure that the province took charge of the local issues and address them accordingly. However, the Sindh government has apparently failed to devise any mechanism to deal with the crisis it faces every year during the monsoon season in Pakistan.
Apart from rains, the garbage in the country’s largest city has always been a big challenge. But it remained largely unaddressed. The federal government is not doing what the Sindh government should have done long ago, argue political analysts.
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