Punjab CM is Responsible For Current Crisis: Elahi
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Punjab President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Tuesday that the chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, was directly responsible for the unparalleled flood disaster in Punjab because of his failure to open the Taunsa Barrage floodgates on time to avert the imminent catastrophe.
He was talking to reporters at the Muslim League House after dispatching a batch of trucks laden with relief goods for flood victims. He said that Shahbaz Sharif had deliberately removed the trained Taunsa Barrage team that had been appointed by the previous PML-Q government to handle the newly installed motorised hoisting system, and had replaced it with an inexperienced and untrained staff that had failed to open the computerised floodgates of the Taunsa Barrage on time.
He claimed that his government had completed the repair and rehabilitation of the Taunsa Barrage at Rs 11 billion. The old gates had been replaced with computerised floodgates and a team of highly-trained personnel had been deployed to man them. He said that this single “criminal” act of Shahbaz Sharif was responsible for the damage caused by the worst flood in Pakistan’s history and had resulted in an incalculable loss of life and property.