Former President Pervez Musharraf has demanded that the international community should write off Pakistan’s loan in the wake of current calamity situation.

“Pakistan needs donations, not loan from the international community. The international monitory institutions should write off tax service liability or reschedule Pakistan’s loan.”

Appearing on Sawal Yeh Hai talk show on ARY, the former President said the local government if it still existed would have performed well in flood relief work.

Musharraf, who is based in London, said the local bodies scrapped by the present PPP government, was a grass-root based system to provide relief to masses to the lower level. It



“The local body system was best possible system. If there were Nazims, Tehsil Nazims and Councilors, they would have provided relief to the people in their areas.”

The disastrous floods have swamped a fifth of Pakistan and continue to affect millions of people in the country. It is worst ever natural disaster in 80 years, it has emerged.

Musharraf, who has formed his own political party, APML, said he would soon organize a telethon fund-raising in Pakistan for more than 20 million flood victims of the country, published reports said.

APML which stands for All Pakistan Muslim League is said to formerly launch its activities in September simultaneously from Dallas, London and Dubai.

Speaking on the ARY talk show, Musharraf revealed that he is formulating a foundation to collect donations and carrying out relief and rehabilitation activities for flood-affected Pakistanis.

Applauding armed forces’ role in flood relief work, he said Pakistan Army has efficiency to successfully carry out rescue operations across the country through its organization and administration.