ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of Nawaz Sharif, chief urged the government to take immediate steps to improve its performance, saying that things could not continue in the same way for long.
Talking to reporters after attending a donors’ conference organised by the Punjab government to seek assistance for the flood-hit people here on Thursday, Mr Sharif reiterated that his party did not want any “extra-constitutional change” but improvement in governance.
It was the second donors’ conference the Punjab government arranged in Islamabad in two weeks to seek international help for rehabilitating the flood-affected people.
A large number of foreign diplomats, heads of local and international financial institutions and banks and representatives of international relief organisations and NGOs attended the event.
About the meeting of the army chief with the president and the prime minister, Mr Sharif remarked that merely a photo session with the army chief could not save the government.
He said 204 model villages would be established in seven most affected districts of the province for the homeless.
Earlier at the donors’ conference “Rebuilding Pakistan: Brick by Brick,” Mr Sharif apprised the participants about the Watan Cards Scheme under which each victim family was being paid Rs20,000 as compensation.
He said the Punjab government had been urging the federal government to pay Rs100,000 to each affected family.
He mentioned a report of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), according to which some 5.3 million people had become jobless due to floods.
The participants of the conference announced donations for construction of 2,100 houses for the flood victims at a cost of over Rs700 million. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the process of rehabilitation could not be delayed as it may push the victims towards extremism.
The participants were directly shown, with the help of a video conference system, construction of new houses in villages wiped away by floods.
The PML-N chief talked to a woman, Ameer Bibi, of village Miani Malah of Kot Mithan, whose house was nearing completion. Architect Nayyar Ali Dada informed the participants about the houses being constructed in the model villages.