This is a lesson for the whole Pakistani nation. If you are a Pakistani reading this, please tell others.

While the world’s rich dole out money to help Pakistan’s flood victims, Pakistan’s rich political elite refuses to budge. By now we should have been seeing members of this ruling elite buying tents, building shelters and providing gallons of clean drinking water to the homeless millions.

But in every flooded district of the country, you will see Pakistani civilian and military volunteers. But not the politicians.

Consider this:

On the first day of a nationwide Saudi campaign to raise funds for the victims of floods in Pakistan on Monday, 17 Aug. 2010:

- King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdelaziz Al Saud, donated US$5.3 million from his private money to Pakistan flood victims

- Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdelzziz Al Saud gave away US$2.7 million from his private money

- Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdelaziz Al Saud gave away two million Saudi riyals

- Governor of Tabouk donated one million Saudi Riyals

- Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdelaziz Al Saud gave ten million Saudi riyals

- Businessman Eesa bin Mohammad al Eesa, president of the Samba Financial Group, donated two million Saudi riyals

This is not to mention the sight of Saudi women who thronged public aid collection camps in different Saudis cities and were photographed by the international media donating their jewelry to King Abdullah’s campaign in support of Pakistan.

Compare this to the reaction of the Pakistani elite: