Floods warn­ing sys­tem goes ob­so­lete

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Aday, meet­ing to re­view flood pre­pared­ness, held in Islamabad on Thurs

was told that the coun­try’s seven flood warn­ing radars are now ob­so­lete. It was also in­formed that the Gov­ern­ment was short of funds to mo­bi­lize Rs 7 bil­lion for much-needed Early Warn­ing Sys­tem project.

This should be a source of con­cern not only for peo­ple of Pak­istan but also Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ments as Met Of­fice has fore­cast about 20 per­cent more rains dur­ing forth­com­ing mon­soon. Only re­cently, the Met Of­fice mis­er­ably failed to fore­warn peo­ple about wind­storms that hit dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try twice in­flict­ing heavy losses both in terms of men and ma­te­rial. The Prime Min­is­ter had rep­ri­manded Pak­istan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment but un­der­stand­ably the depart­ment is not ex­pected to de­liver when tech­no­log­i­cal gaps ex­ist and those at the helm of af­fairs are un­able to pay heed to gen­uine re­quire­ments. One is at a loss to hear from Min­is­ter for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment that the Gov­ern­ment has no re­sources to fund the project of early warn­ing sys­tem pro­posed by PMD. Bil­lions of ru­pees are spent ev­ery year on res­cue and relief ac­tiv­i­ties in the wake of dev­as­tat­ing floods and in­ces­sant rains but the Gov­ern­ment has no money to in­vest on a project that could help save pre­cious lives and mit­i­gate fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic losses. As the project en­vis­ages in­stal­la­tion of radars and mod­ern equip­ment in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, it would be in the fit­ness of things if the Prov­inces are ap­proached to spare funds for the por­tion of the project un­der­taken on the sites fall­ing un­der their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions. PMD and NDMA can­not op­er­ate in a void and there­fore, their re­quire­ments must be met on pri­or­ity ba­sis.

IN the past, the Dulles brothers sub­scribed to the Win­ston Churchill doc­trine that only those of Euro­pean ex­trac­tion could be trusted with power and priv­i­leges, and that the rest were fated to serve as helots. Adolf Hitler car­ried this phi­los­o­phy some­what fur­ther, by adopt­ing it also in cases in­volv­ing Euro­pean pop­u­la­tions, en­slav­ing tens of mil­lions on the con­ti­nent and mur­der­ing mil­lions of the most pro­duc­tive minds that were present at the time. Churchill in ef­fect killed off more than six mil­lion poor in east­ern In­dia by deny­ing them food­grains dur­ing the wartime famine, but be­cause these were “na­tives” and there­fore in ef­fect less than hu­man, the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of Bri­tain is re­garded as a cham­pion of free­doms and democ­racy rather than the racial su­prem­a­cist that he in ac­tu­al­ity was. In­ter­est­ingly, he him­self had Amer­i­can In­dian blood through his mother Jenny Jerome. Was this what caused him to man­i­fest such an aver­sion to those not of Euro­pean ex­trac­tion?

There are cred­i­ble re­ports that Adolf Hitler was him­self a de­scen­dant of Jewish parent­age, of course il­le­git­i­mate, and it was per­haps to cover this up that he em­barked on a killing spree against a sen­si­tive com­mu­nity that has so en­riched the world with its creative tal­ents. Of course, there is noth­ing wrong in be­ing il­le­git­i­mate


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