Over 100 charged with terrorism in Pak for attacking police and damaging property during PM’s visit to flooded area
More than 100 people have been charged with terrorism in Pakistan’s Sindh province after they attacked police officers, threw rocks and damaged public property during a visit by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto to an area flooded.
Prime Minister Sharif, Foreign Minister Bhutto, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and other ministers visited Sukkur district on Friday to assess the flood situation and interacted with displaced families in the relief camps. During their visit to a relief camp, rain-affected families from different regions blocked some roads due to the administration’s inability to drain stagnant rainwater.
According to a police spokesman, as officials carried out their duty outside the camp, rioters, including women, blocked the main road, creating a situation of public order and prompting families affected by the flooding against officials.
“While the Prime Minister and others met with the affected families in the relief tents, some people continued to incite others to attack them and also attacked and damaged public property and also manhandled police personnel attempting to arrest them,” the spokesperson said.
He said some people had urged rain-affected families in different areas to also block some roads against the administration’s failure to drain stagnant rainwater.
He said the mob also smashed the windshields of vehicles, bringing traffic to a standstill for eight hours.
“We have filed a complaint under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the disbelievers,” the spokesperson said, adding that action would be taken against them in accordance with the law as soon as they are identified in CCTV footage and other videos showing them creating law and order. situation.
Deaths from widespread flooding in Pakistan have topped 1,000 since mid-June. Flash flooding caused by heavy rains washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers evacuated stranded residents to the safety of relief camps and provided food for thousands of displaced Pakistanis.
Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority reported that the death toll since the monsoon season started earlier than normal this year – in mid-June – reached 1,033 people after further deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southern Sindh provinces.
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