ISLAMABAD- Chairman PTI Imran Khan , today condemned the neglecting behavior of Sindh and Federal governments of the ongoing and worsening drought in Thar which is leading to unavoidable deaths through malnutrition and starvation, especially of women and children – as well as suicide by women out of despair when unable to provide food for their children.

In previous years 24 suicide cases were reported in 2011 and 35 in 2012. But within the last seven months Tharparkar district has already seen 31 suicide deaths. Khan in a statement said it was shameful and inexplicable why the Sindh and Federal governments failed to anticipate the drought and its fallout despite all signs of a drought situation setting in with the failure of the advent of monsoon rains by mid August. The first priority of any government should be the provision of basic necessities to its people, including food. Yet the people of Tharparkar have been left with no food or protection against disease – especially children.

Khan added that the problem of the drought had been further aggravated by the total lack of failure to understand what needed to be done. It is not simply a matter of distributing wheat or vaccinating children after malnutrition and disease have set in. The main issue is livestock which needs to be saved as the local people depend on this livestock. Clean drinking water is also an essential to save not only the people but also for the survival of the livestock.

Khan said the absence of a strategy to deal with drought in Tharparkar is reflective of a complete failure of successive governments to plan proactively for the welfare of the ordinary citizens of the country. Even today despite daily reports of deaths due to the drought our rulers remain unmoved to act on an emergency basis. Khan asserted that this callous attitude of the provincial and federal governments is unacceptable and a shameful reflection of the distorted priorities of the traditional muk muka parties, the PPP and PMLN, in power in the province and the centre respectively. “They have abdicated their responsibilities to NGOs and private donors once again,” Khan concluded.