Prime Minister Imran Khan has requested Pakistan Army to help the local administration in cleaning the rain-hit Karachi. PM Khan announced this in a Twitter post.
I have asked the Pak army to also help in cleaning up the city.
I have asked the Pak army to also help in cleaning up the city. https://t.co/xWFKghKqDa
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 29, 2020
He also directed the chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal to supervise the cleanliness drive.
I have asked the NDMA Chairman to go to Karachi immediately and start the clean-up in the aftermath of the rain.
Ali Zaidi, the minister for Maritime Affairs said on a TV show that the federal government had been reminding Sindh about the cleaning nullahs in Karachi which would create issues during monsoon spells.
He said that the federal government had done the job last year.
Zaidi feared that further delay in cleanup might spread various diseases as the rainwater will mix into the main water system.
The minister said the PTI leadership in Karachi will assist NDMA with the cleanliness drive and also expects the Sindh government to maintain sanitation.
Senior provincial minister Saeed Ghani, on the other hand, raised questions over the premier’s decision to ask Pak Army for help in Clean Karachi drive. He maintained that the Sindh government had already released funds for the local government as it was the responsibility of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and District Municipal Corporation (DMC).
I’m surprised that the Center did not provide funds to Sindh when it was needed, and now they have called in NDMA and Army to clean Karachi.
Earlier, the premier had expressed grief over the loss of precious lives during monsoon rains in Karachi and had directed Sindh Governor Imran Ismail to ensure all-out cooperation to resolve the issues of the metropolis.
He also sought a detailed report from NDMA on measures taken for drain cleaning in the metropolis.