KSA in­jects more aid for dis­as­ter af­fectees

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIAL & COMMENTS -

ISaudi N yet an­other man­i­fes­ta­tion of brother­hood and sol­i­dar­ity with Pak­istan,

Ara­bia on Tues­day an­nounced an­other $ 60 mil­lion projects for the peo­ple af­fected by nat­u­ral calami­ties. Saudi Ara­bia is a lead­ing donor and in­stantly re­sponds to hu­man­i­tar­ian and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters with­out any re­li­gious or eth­nic dis­crim­i­na­tion but es­pe­cially in the case of Pak­istan, Saudi Ara­bia has al­ways ex­tended gen­er­ous as­sis­tance on many oc­ca­sions be it the nat­u­ral calami­ties or the US sanc­tions in the wake of nu­clear tests. The peo­ple of Pak­istan also hold the rulers of Saudi Ara­bia at the high­est es­teem for be­ing the cus­to­di­ans of the holy places of Is­lam.

In fact, both the coun­tries en­joy a unique re­la­tion­ship which has al­ways with­stood the test of time. While stick­ing to the as­sis­tance for calamity hit peo­ple, Saudi Ara­bia was amongst those few coun­tries in­clud­ing UAE and Turkey which im­me­di­ately pro­vided re­lief soon af­ter the mas­sive 2005 quake that badly struck the coun­try caus­ing large scale death and de­struc­tion in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kash­mir. The peo­ple of Pak­istan also can­not for­get the mu­nif­i­cent as­sis­tance of the then Saudi King Ab­dullah on the or­ders of whom an air bridge of re­lief was es­tab­lished to meet im­me­di­ate needs of the tremor vic­tims. No doubt the 2005 quake was mas­sive in na­ture which badly dam­aged ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture but eleven years on and bil­lions of ru­pees spent, thou­sands of vic­tims of the calamity are still home­less as the mega re­con­struc­tion projects like New Balakot city are still not in sight of com­ple­tion, or even con­struc­tion. This speaks vol­ume of the in­ef­fi­ciency and fail­ure of ERRA which was tasked to com­plete the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion phase within a stip­u­lated pe­riod but since then dead­lines af­ter dead­lines have been given but the re­con­struc­tion phase is far from over. It is also mat­ter of em­bar­rass­ment for the coun­try in the out­side world and there­fore we will urge the gov­ern­ment to en­sure speedy com­ple­tion of all the projects in the calamity hit ar­eas. ERRA should also ful­fil its re­spon­si­bil­ity and take stern ac­tions against those con­trac­tors who are in­dulging in slow progress of the projects.

PAK­ISTAN is a God gifted coun­try with plenty of re sources par­tic­u­larly wa­ter which is in abun­dance but it is be­com­ing scarce due to pol­i­tics played over it by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­ers. Cli­matic change is also one of lead­ing fac­tor which is ef­fect­ing wa­ter re­sources. With the ap­proach­ing hot sum­mers, lack of wa­ter is def­i­nitely go­ing to mud­dle sit­u­a­tion for nor­mal liveli­hood of Pak­ista­nis. Wa­ter scarcity, short­age of elec­tric sup­ply and later mon­soon rains and it’s af­ter ef­fects are al­ways trou­ble­some for com­mon man. But his­tory sug­gests that wa­ter pol­i­tics be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan is par­ti­tion old and since then dis­pute over wa­ter is never se­ri­ously taken up and seems Pak­istan is al­ways at suf­fer­ing end.

Pak­istan, in ini­tial years af­ter in­de­pen­dence faced lot of prob­lems par­tic­u­larly in agri­cul­ture be­cause of stop­page of wa­ter by In­dia. As the ma­jor rivers flow­ing to­wards Pak­istan orig­i­nate from In­dia, dis­pute and shar­ing over wa­ter al­ways came up is­sue for Pak­istan be­cause of In­dian stub­born­ness. To over­come prob­lems an In­dus Wa­ter Treaty was signed be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan with the help of World Bank in 1960.Ap­par­ently it seemed that this agree­ment will put an end to wa­ter is­sue be­tween two neigh­bours but with pas­sage of time it is ob­served that this treaty is of­ten vi­o­lated by In­dia and it causes


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