KARACHI - Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has criticised the federal government for doing nothing while the rains and hailstorms coupled with land-sliding and avalanches are playing havoc with people, livestock and crops in several parts of the country.

Last week, PPP chairman had alerted the federal and other provincial governments about the predicted heavy rains and hailstorms and their negative effects on the farmers and areas prone to land-sliding and avalanches asking for preparing themselves in advance to face the situation and mitigate sufferings.

“It seems the government is in deep slumber and ignored my calls for pre-emptive measures to save human lives and standing crops,” he said and added that criminal negligence of rulers in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa continued while torrential rains ravaged vast areas. The federal government extended no support to the Azad Jammu and Kashmir where heavy rains caused land-sliding and damaged so many houses in many areas.

Bilawal pointed out that there were reports of 79 deaths and around 100 injuries but the actual losses could not be estimated with accuracy as many of the affected areas were inaccessible following the mud-sliding and avalanches where first aid relief had not reached so far. He said areas of Punjab, Fata, Malakand, Hazara, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan had been battered by the downpours and hailstorm which flattened the standing crops but the government seems callously unmoved and unaffected.

The PPP chairman expressed deep concern over the loss of human lives, property and damage caused to the standing crops and demanded the federal government to immediately provide compensation and relief to all the affected people without any discrimination.

Bilawal expressed sympathy and solidarity with the families of citizens who lost their near and dear ones in the stormy rains and assured all the affected farmers and growers that his party would raise its voice at every forum for adequate compensation and relief to them.