Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan has said that unjust hue and cry by Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif against President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is a big hurdle in the way of international aid and financial assistance by international community for flood-affected people. “Though international community has pledged $100 million for flood victims and more is expected, but the propaganda campaign launched by Mian Mohammad Sharif is a big hurdle in more financial help,” he said while addressing a public gathering in Balakot on Thursday. The local and provincial leaders of Pakistan People’s Party were also present on occasion. Mr Awan said that though relief and rescue activities were going well in the three provinces of country but the rulers of Punjab were involved in politics. Mian Nawaz Sharif during his visit to affected areas were talking less about agonies and suffering of affected people and more against President Asif Ali Zardari and the federal government, he said. “Mr Sharif should realise that it is not an ordinary calamity. The calamity is greater than all the tragedies occurred in a centaury on the earth,” the minister said. He said that Punjab government had already received Rs95 billion under National Financial Award, as resources of the federal government were shifted to the province. Mr Awan said that he was shocked to know that October 8, 2005 earthquake survivors were again hit by flash floods and 350 houses were swept away. He said that the tehsil headquarters hospital, which was swept away by floods, would be rebuilt very soon. Earlier, Mr Awan was told that 20 bridges, 26 hotels, five schools two hospitals were destroyed in Balakot. He was also informed that a large area was also inundated and a portion of Kaghan Road was eroded by the River Kunhar.
By: Dawn News