Mrs Khan accuses Sindh Govt of Apathy towards Heatwave Victims

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 04 July 2015 14:43

KARACHI: Reham Khan, wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, said Saturday the approach of the Sindh government towards heatwave victims was completely apathetic.

Speaking to media representatives upon her arrival at Karachi's Jinnah Hospital, Reham said, "The provincial government of Sindh does not want to accept any responsibility."

She said her visit is a follow-up to the PTI's chief earlier visit, adding that the purpose of her visit is completely humanitarian.

Earlier, speaking upon her arrival in Karachi outside the Jinnah International Airport, Reham said that she has personally organised a shelter where people can come and seek respite from the heat during the day.

"We will provide water, iftar and a cool environment for our brothers and sisters for however long this difficult time prevails."

She said Nestle had provided them immense support in their relief efforts for heatwave victims.

The PTI chief's wife was, however, quick to point out that it was the responsibility of the Sindh government to cater to heatwave victims.

"This is not the first time this has happened in Pakistan. You cannot say that this is freak weather. This has happened before and you [Sindh government] have no arrangements for a rapid response."

The scorching heatwave that struck Sindh since the start of Ramadan claimed the lives of over 1300 people — with most of the deaths taking place in Karachi.

The crisis centred in the metropolitan city was worsened by poor service delivery, including a faulty power grid and shortage of potable water.

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