It is impossible at present to assess the extent of massive devastation that has happened in the recent flash floods. The dislocation of people is massive and unprecedented, especially in Sindh and, perhaps just as much in other provinces, including the nascent Gilgit-Baltistan. The economic, social and political implications of this are naturally going to be massive too. The heart-wrenching details of these floods are all over the mainstream national media and the local languages television channels have also proved to be an efficient and effective medium of information for the public. They have been expeditious to the point of instantaneous in providing updates to their viewers, be it the pre-floods situation, wreckage in affected zones or the post-floods turmoil. How helpless the Sindhis that live abroad must be feeling, one can imagine. A large Sindhi diaspora is in USA, Europe, Scandinavia, Middle East, South East Asia and other parts of the globe. They are, at least, lucky enough to grieve for their people watching ravages of these floods on the native Sindhi television channels that are telecast in all these places abroad. The Sindhis living in their own countrys capital, Islamabad, are denied even that right. It is a well-known fact that in the wake of recent developments, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has stopped broadcasting almost 42 illegal channels and has directed the cable network operators to broadcast only the accredited and authorized channels. But there is the matter of prejudiceor shall we say narrow-minded business management policiesof one particular cable company that simply refuses to hook up the popular Sindhi news channels for broadcasting. It is relevant to mention here that local Sindhi community has made several applications/requisitions and petitions to the authorities and all concerned. Hundreds of phone calls have been made requesting it. But the management of this cable company is unmoved. I request the federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting, as well as the chairman PEMRA, to direct this company to hook up Sindhi news channels so that Sindhis living in federal capital, Islamabad, may not remain deprived of their right to access of information in their own language. -HASHIM ABRO, Islamabad, September 16.