LAHORE - Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has expressed grief over the loss of lives and property due to rain and flash floods in South Punjab and other parts of the province, criticising the Punjab government over its “failure to make arrangements to mitigate floods devastation”.

In a statement issued from Pakistan Awami Tehreek head office on Tuesday, the PAT chief said the farmers of South Punjab were the worst affected by the repeated floods during PML-N’s rule but it failed to provide any relief to them and did not make any arrangement to decrease losses by natural disaster.

“The government and its machinery make billion of rupees in the name of embankments and rehabilitation process for flood affectees,” he regretted, adding the real face of the rulers could be seen from the 2010 Flood Commission report by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah which held the Punjab government responsible for all the deaths and devastation.

“The government, instead of adopting measures to mitigate flood disasters, awarded the officials responsible of negligence with lucrative posts and made mockery of the report,” he further claimed.

“In previous years, the rulers and their cronies visited the flood affected areas only to make pictures and false promises. The example of Rangpur, Muzaffarghar, was the finest where the CM went and announced the making of a protective embankment but it could not be made till day,” he maintained.

He also held the rulers have left the poor farmers of Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Muzaffarghar at the mercy of nature.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen led by its leader Nasir Sherazi called on the PAT chief and discussed matter of political nature. Dr Qadri, on the occasion, stressed the need of a joint political alliance to compete the PML-N’s “fascism”.