Analysts welcome PM’s visit to Balochistan to assess flood situation
Farah Azeem Shah (Baluchistan government spokesperson): It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif did not care about security protocol during his visit to Balochistan. Instead, he visited flood-affected areas and took an aerial view of the situation. The outgoing government led by the PML-N is doing everything it can to relieve the population. The Met Office has again predicted rains from August 1 in Balochistan and indicated areas that could again be affected by flooding. It is high time that we put aside our differences and that we come on the same page to play our role of rescue and help to people.
Bushra Rind (MPA, Balochistan): Whenever there is a devastating situation, we cannot predict which areas will be affected. Balochistan has never faced floods of this magnitude. The current federal government is taking all possible measures to help the population. Balochistan is a disadvantaged region that lacks financial resources. Thousands of people in the province have built houses on nullahs and live there. These houses often block sewage systems and water cannot be drained away. During our administration, we have removed many such encroachments in affected areas. We commend the army, relief teams and PDMA for their efforts on behalf of those affected by the floods. We are grateful to the Prime Minister for visiting the province and asking the Chief Secretary to take immediate action to help those affected by the floods.
Najam us Saqib (former ambassador): The meeting between Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and his Chinese counterpart reflects the brotherhood between the two countries. The two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to strengthen cooperation in the region, as well as the China-Pakistan economic corridor. There is a misconception in the West that CPEC is not progressing and we are counting on China’s help. China is helping its companies to invest in Pakistan and is willing to import more high-quality agricultural products from us. We have assured China that these projects will prosper and their investments will not be wasted. Pakistan is increasing contacts with various countries to improve bilateral relations and trade.
Dr. AZ Hilali (RI Expert): Pakistan and China have a friendship deeper than the oceans and higher than the mountains. China fully supports Pakistan in overcoming the challenges it faces. China openly helps Pakistan without any greed or favor in return. CPEC is the largest development project in the world and China is investing heavily in it. China uses its diplomatic relations to help Pakistan develop. China is making every effort to maintain peace in neighboring countries and asks for cooperation. This is our diplomatic success and we congratulate Mr. Bilawal Bhutto for working on it accordingly.