Pakistan heading towards chaos: Imran

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    NEW YORK – Pakistan could fall into chaos in the next three months as the government has not come up with a plan to deal with the gigantic problems resulting from deadly floods in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said Sunday.
    Appearing on American television, Khan painted a grim picture of the situation created by the worst-ever floods in Pakistan where more than 20 million people are without their homes and suffering because of lack of food.
    “Most of these people are subsistence farmers who live on the produce of their lands,” he told Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s GPS programme. Having lost everything— all their possessions and income — such a large mass of the population could pose serious problems, the PTI leader said.
    Imran said the mood in the country was “depressing” as the government had failed to take care of the affected people. “There is no food even in the relief camps run by the government.”
    “Pakistan is in dire straits,” he said, referring to the destruction of cash crops and infrastructure that has resulted in huge losses to the country and needed all help it could get. The international community, he said, has not comprehended the gravity of the situation.
    Imran strong criticised President Asif Ali Zardari’s 10-day visit to France and England while the country was being battered by furious floods. He said Zardari’s supporters were justifying the trip by saying that he was trying to raise funds for the government’s relief efforts. Yet, the money raised was probably the lowest for any other natural disasters.
    Replying to a question, Imran downplayed the alarm being raised in the West about the relief work being done by some Islamic charities. At this stage, any help that the flood-hit people could get was welcome. “It is a matter of their survival.”
    The Islamic organisations have been in existence for a long time, but their humanitarian services, have never translated into votes at the elections. The people of Pakistan were not so naive as to adopt their ideologies in return for their relief effort.
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