Opposition calls for day of mourning over heatwave deaths

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:30

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parties in the National Assembly on Tuesday announced to observe Friday as a day of mourning over the 400 deaths caused by the devastating heatwave in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.

The decision came after a meeting was held by opposition parliamentary leaders at the Parliament House today.

Leader of Opposition in NA, Syed Khursheed Shah, said that the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) government had failed to fulfill its promises to provide electricity to the people during the holy month of Ramazan.

Addressing the Parliament, Shah said that the government was responsible for the deaths in Karachi due to the unavailability of electricity in the country's financial capital.

He went on to say that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should take responsibility for the recent deaths in Karachi.

Speaking in the House, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that all opposition parties were on the same page when it came to the issue of load-shedding in the country.

"Is this the level of seriousness of the government that the Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif is absent from the proceedings of the National Assembly?" he questioned.

The devastating heatwave that has entered its fourth day led to over 400 deaths in the southwestern province of Sindh.

Saturday was the hottest day of this year’s summer in Karachi, during which the mercury had shot up to 45 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature of 48 degree Celsius was recorded in three districts of Sindh — Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur — on Saturday, which slid down to 41 on Sunday.

Speaking to pakistann views, Farooq Dar, a meteorologist at the Met Department, said Tuesday (today) that the extreme weather conditions in Karachi would persist, and the temperature is expected to remain between 40 degree Celsius to 43 degree Celsius.

He also said that rainfall is expected in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Sukkur later in the evening.


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