DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazl Rehman has described the current flooding as unprecedented and urged leaders of all political parties to avoid politics over it and focus on providing assistance to flood victims and rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure.

“The country faced unprecedented floods, which left villages inundated, crops and infrastructure destroyed and a number of people killed.

It is a time to avoid politics, rather we should help flood-stricken people and focus on reconstruction of damaged roads and bridges etc to enable the displaced families to start living back in their respective areas with all basic facilities in a dignified manner,” he told a delegation of Chamber of Agriculture, led by Haji Abdul Rasheed Dhap.

The delegation informed Maulana Fazlur Rahman about the damage caused by the recent floods to Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC).

They feared that there could be a crisis of wheat, sugar and other commodities in Dera Ismail Khan as well as in the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if the damage was not repaired soon.

The JUI-F chief said that he had informed the district administration and CRBC officials to assess damage and finalise estimates so that repair work could be initiated timely.

He said that workers of his party were actively busy in relief activities. He said that other political parties should also follow suit by focusing on relief and rehabilitation activities instead of doing politics over the natural calamity of floods.

Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2022

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