Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Report) – Former president Asif Ali Zardari visited Pakistan’s flood hit areas in 2010 on the advice of US authorities, reveals an email of ex-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.


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The shocking revelation surfaced on the media yesterday.

According to the email, the former president was on tour of London and France when he was suggested to visit the flood-hit areas. Zardari then cut short his visit.

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“On August, 11, he (Zardari) went to Sukkur and distributed relief goods among flood victims at a camp in a college, assuring survivors that the government was doing the maximum possible to assist them,” the email reads.

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Floods in 2010 directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon had also visited the flood areas and donated $460 million for emergency relief, noting that the flood was the worst disaster he had ever seen.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the main opposition party in 2010 – also criticised the then president, Asif Ali Zardari for not visiting flood hit areas.

A Pakistani flood survivor hangs onto a hovercraft and waits to get relief food distributed by naval officials in Sangi Village near Sukkur, in southern Pakistan on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. The world ramped up assistance to flood-ravaged Pakistan on Thursday three weeks after the crisis began, and U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Washington did not want Islamist extremists to come out of the disaster stronger. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)
A flood survivor hangs onto a hovercraft and waits to get relief food distributed in Sangi Village near Sukkur on Aug. 19, 2010.