LAHORE - Relief activities for the flood victims are going slow in the City as few private organisations and some political parties have started the collections of donations through various means, TheNation learnt on Tuesday.
However, arrangements made by some leading political parties as well as NGOs in this regard are still insufficient. In the beginning, Jamaat-e-Islami and Al-Khidmat Foundation, some leading media groups, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (Punjab), Punjab Education Foundation and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation set up relief camps for the help of the flood victims.
In a bid to shoulder the rehabilitation efforts of the government to settle the marooned people of flood hit areas, the officers and officials of the PEF jointly donated Rs7 lakh in the CMs flood relief fund and DMD Finance, Salman Anwar Malik, deposited the cheque of the same amount, while Pakistan Red Crescent Society established relief fund account for the help and rehabilitation of flood affectees of Mianwali, Rajinpur and DG Khan.
Moreover Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation sent 50 truckloads of relief goods worth five million rupees to the flood affectees including edibles, medicines and drinking water bottles. The relief goods would be distributed among the people of flood-affected areas including Punjab and Khyber PK. In this regard, the volunteers of foundation are already participating in relief activities and are providing food to the flood affectees.
Moreover, Minhaj Welfare Foundation also started donations collection work after completion of setting up about 500 camps for the flood affectees in Nowshera. In this regard, deputy director Iftikhar Shah Bukhari announced to arrange a relief rally from Lahore to Islamabad on Saturday for funds collections.
Al-Khidmat Foundation also speed up its relief activities and donated about Rs2.5 million in cash along with donating shelter camps, food items and bottles of waters for the people of flood affected areas of Punjab and Khyber PK. In this regard, Dr Hafeezur Rehman, president of foundation said that foundation has rescued about 40,000 people by using 300 vehicles by providing medical and food facility to the flood-hit people.
It is pertinent to mention that leadership of various political parties, NGOs and other welfare organisations participated vigorously in relief activities earlier whenever country faced disasters particularly during the 2005 earthquake and in the other disaster like situations as they remained very active for the help and rehabilitation of the victims.
They set up relief camps in every nook and corner across country and collected relief goods in abundance. The donor agencies also released huge amounts for the victims of disasters open heartily.
On the other hand, leaders of political parties are only point scoring by issuing political statements blaming each other instead of initiating practical measures in this regard while the fold victims are looking for relief camps and daily use items.
Moreover, most of the political figures seemed disappointed regarding participation in the relief activities for the flood affectees and still are silent while some of them just are appealing the masses and donor agencies for donations for the flood victims of Punjab in general and Khyber PK in particular instead of participating personally in rescue operations and initiating any relief activities.