KARACHI: Having been repetitive in flaying the PML-N-led federal government for exacerbating the deadly impact of heatwaves through increased power outages, the PPP-dominated Sindh government took a U-turn Wednesday and blamed “fasting in extreme weather” for most of the casualties as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid a belated visit to the metropolis.
Since June 19, when searing heatwaves hit the poverty-stricken province, especially Karachi, to kill what official figures suggest 1250 people, the federal and provincial governments have been pointing fingers at each other while fixing responsibility for the tragedy.
Wednesday, however, saw Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah adopting a conciliatory posture toward the visiting prime minister who was told that most of the ill-fated victims of heatwaves were homeless people who died of dehydration. “Most of those who lost their lives were shelterless people, including beggars, whose dehydration was aggravated due to fasting in extreme weather,” the chief minister told the premier who was accompanied by federal ministers Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Pervaiz Rashid, Mushahidullah Khan, Lieutenant General Abdul Qadir Baloch (Retd) and Saira Afzal Tarar.
Also present in the meeting were Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, members of Sindh cabinet and other federal and provincial officials. The veteran PPP leader thanked the prime minister for taking personal interest in matters of the province, particularly Karachi. Briefing the Prime Minister on post-crisis relief measures taken by his government, Shah said more than 65,000 patients were brought to the city hospitals of which about 1250 lost their lives.
Shah also is said to have lodged a complaint in his one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Sharif against the privately-run power utility, K-Electric, for carrying out prolonged loadshedding in the city. This, he said, intensified the adverse impact of scorching heat that claimed hundreds of lives.
Source: Business Recorder