ISLAMABAD Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Monday, expressed his wonder over the recent statement issued by MQM Chief Altaf Hussain (in which he had invoked generals to act against corrupt politicians) saying such comment was beyond his understanding. Democracy has been restored after several sacrifices rendered by the people and political forces of Pakistan, the Minister said while addressing a press conference on the flood situation along with Pakistan Baitul Maal Managing Director Zamurd Khan and DG Met Qamar Zaman. Kaira further said that such statements would strengthen anti-democratic forces. He was of the view that Altaf breached the constitution and spoke against the wishes of the people. MQM is coalition partner but the recent statement is beyond ones understaffing. The Minister said the statement was unbecoming of a leader whose party was a part of the elected government. To a question about legality of the NDMC, Kaira said that it was not the time to indulge in technicalities rather, we should adopt practicalities. To another question whether the federal government will take on board all the provincial authorities before taking ant decision for aid distribution, he said the Prime Minister was in contact with all the provincial governments. However, he added that 80 per cent demands of Nawaz Sharif had been met as he (Nawaz) had only objected to centre-specific aid distribution. When asked about damage assessment in the affected area, Kaira asserted that all the estimates were preliminary as mature assessment was not possible on immediate basis. Minister said presently 8,90,183 cusec water was flowing from Kotri barrage which might further rise and cross 0.9 million cusecs figure in coming days. He predicted that after a few days water level at Kotri would fall to 0.7 to 0.8 million cusecs, which would continue for seven to eight days. About the Sutluj river, Minister said that Indian reservoirs on the river are filled to the capacity and more rains occur in the catchment areas, therefore India may release water causing problems for those living along river bank. During the next few days there is chances of more rains in the upper Punjab, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but these would not be heavy rains. The minister told the media that confirmed death toll was 1,539 while 2,055 persons have been injured. He said that according to assessment made so far 1,226,678 houses have been damaged while 2,248 camps and 1,657 tent villages have been established in the flood-hit areas. To a question, he said that so far 1.60 billion have been deposited in the Prime Ministers relief fund. There is no need for donors conference at the provincial level as the federal government has set up council which would ensure judicious distribution of resources, he added.