RAWALPINDI: Acting Emir of Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Liaquat Baloch on Saturday said the political leadership should help the flood victims instead of locking horns with each other by organising a series of public meetings.

He claimed the recent floods left more than 350 million people homeless besides destroying roads, bridges, schools, mosques, hospitals, hotels and other infrastructure, something more horrible than the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods.

“JI and Al-Khidmat Foundation are standing with flood victims as they consider it their job and duty,” he said while addressing a presser at Al-Ikram Building near Mareer Chowk.

He was also flanked by JI Rawalpindi emir Syed Arif Sherazi, JI North Punjab emir Dr Salim.

Addressing the media men, JI acting chief Liaquat Baloch said monsoon spell had wreaked havoc across the country and the nation was donating with big hearts for rehabilitation of flood victims.

He said that JI had also limited its political activities and teams have been sent to flood affected areas for providing food and other facilities to those whose houses and animals were swept away by the flash floods.

“JI and Al-Khidmat Foundation have also set up flood relief camps in various parts of the country and dispatching trucks loaded with daily use items to flood affected areas,” he said adding that JI is committed to ensuring the countrymen that its volunteers would not leave their brothers, sisters, children and elderly people made homeless by horrible floods.

Coming hard on rulers and political parties, Liaquat Baloch said that corrupt elements are being given a free rope in the country as no action is being taken against them.

He said that the people are fed up with the loot of rulers and political leaders.

He said the recent floods played havoc in many areas whereas the rulers and political leadership are busy setting scores with each other.

“JI and Al-Khidmat Foundation are with flood affected people in this time of need. We have provided relief items to homeless people worth Rs6 billion so far,” said Liaquat Baloch.

On the occasion, Al-Khidmat Foundation and JI Rawalpindi donated Rs10 million cheque to Liaquat Baloch for flood affected people.

Published in Dawn, September 4th, 2022

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