ISLAMABAD- Chairman PTI Imran Khan today questioned as to why the CM Punjab was being received by the governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa against all protocol norms.
In a statement, he pointed out that when the CM KP visited Punjab the Governor Punjab did not receive him. Khan said the Sharifs are creating an oligarchy in Pakistan, undermining democracy, by placing family and friends in official positions. Khan added that the Sharifs were aggravating the feeling of deprivation in the smaller provinces by depriving them of their fair share of resources - many of which come from these provinces. Only recently Sharjeel Memon of the PPP had protested about the manner in which the Nawaz Sharif government was trying to intrude into the affairs of the Sindh government. Khan said for the Sharifs their myopic vision sees Pakistan as Punjab and Punjab as Raiwind.
Chairman Imran khan also criticized the Federal government's refusal to aid the KP government in the ongoing IDP crisis where 900000 IDPs have now registered themselves in Bannu after fleeing the military operation in NWA. This had strained the resources of the KP government which was providing assistance to the IDPs despite its limited capacity. Hospitals are overstretched; doctors and medicines are in short supply and the threat of epidemics is looming large but the federal government is unmoved. Their focal person is nowhere to be found on the ground in Bannu. Khan said it was shameful how the federal government had failed to provide any assistance to the KP government and was instead creating hurdles in their way by excessive load shedding. Even more shameful has been the federal government's cutting off of electricity to 30 villages around Bannu.
"We keep hearing of the federal government releasing money for the IDPs but where is it going? It is certainly not being given to the KP government which is bearing the brunt alone especially since international aid agencies and NGOs are not being permitted to assist the KP government in its relief efforts," Khan asserted. He added that the situation had turned KP into a calamity-hit area but the federal government was refusing to declare the province as such. The pleas of the CM KP had gone unheard by the Centre at a time when KP in undergoing a severe humanitarian crisis. Now one hears that the PM was off for a week to Saudi Arabia at a time when he should be devoting his resources and time to steering the country out of the IDP crisis by giving visible leadership.
This inhumane approach of the Sharif government to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in KP and towards the long-suffering people of FATA is reflective of the tunnel vision of the Sharifs who cannot empathize and understand the needs of the smaller provinces. Even within Punjab they cannot see beyond Lahore and Raiwind. Khan said it was unacceptable to have a Sharif family oligarchy destroying the national fabric of Pakistan. Their lack of concern for the poor people of Pakistan has become only too evident in the IDP crisis.