Shehbaz Sharif says Imran defaming institutions to avoid punishment n PM refuses to inaugurate flood
relief dashboard over shortcomings in digital design.
ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday strongly denounced Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s campaign against national institutions.
In a statement issued by the PM Office on Monday, he said those who are caught red handed now want to avoid punishment for their crime by defaming the institutions. The prime minister regretted the conspirator is now plotting to spread chaos in the institutions. He said those who played with the national interests by making changes in the diplomatic cipher will have to face the law. Shehbaz Sharif said law is equal for all and nobody is above it.
‘Real-time monitoring of flood relief activities’
Also, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday expressed displeasure over the production of a digital dashboard and refused to inaugurate it due to basic lapses. He said it was not up to international standards.
“This dashboard is not what I need or my nation needs”, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif commented while speaking after a briefing given to him at PM House in Islamabad.
The dashboard was prepared by the Ministry of IT and Minister for IT Aminul Haq insisted to the PM to go ahead with opening of the board and flaws would be rectified in the days to come. However, the PM refused to inaugurate and said the board must be improved and contain real time information about floods, weather, data of relief work, and other related information.
The PM directed the authorities concerned to improve the flood relief digital dashboard by adding more required features believing that a dashboard of international standard would ensure better coordination among institutions and enhance the country’s credibility.
The prime minister, in a briefing on the dashboard being developed to provide real time information about the flood relief support and its usage, instructed to add more features like the weather alert and others to make it a “world class” platform containing all relevant information.
“We should design a dashboard which the whole nation should be proud of,” said the prime minister.
The prime minister exemplified a dashboard on dengue outbreak by the Punjab government during his tenure as chief minister, which he said had got international recognition as it had contained all the relevant information like hotspots and the provided facilities.
He pointed out the shortcomings in the design and called for further improvements to enable it to meet the nation’s needs and effectively reflect the coordinated efforts being made by the government for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-stricken people.
Prime Minister Shehbaz said the flood relief dashboard must contain all the relevant information about every item where the relief items like quilts and baby food was sent and where it came from.
He said the government would provide all required support for development of the dashboard which should not be a makeshift arrangement rather a facility usable even for decades.
The prime minister said the government would hold a conference on Thursday inviting friendly countries and international organizations extending flood relief support to brief them about the latest situation and country’s future needs.
Briefing the meeting, Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority Lt General Akhtar Nawaz said currently around 80,000 more tents were required in the flood-hit areas.
He said the countries including China, Turkey and some embassies had indicated for arranging tents from the local market.
He said as per a survey, the flood-hit people had prioritized food over health and shelter which necessitated measures to arrange food for the flood survivors.
Chairman of National Flood Response Coordination Centre Major General Zafar Iqbal said flood water was stagnant in two districts of Balochistan.
He said since August 31, 70% water situation has improved and that it would take another two to three weeks to recede water. Chairman of National Highway Authority Khurram Agha told the meeting that the flood-hit communication network has been restored.
He said during the rehabilitation process, the NHA was prioritising the routes of key importance particularly those connecting the provinces