ISLAMABAD    -    Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf leader Syed Zulfikar Bukhari on Monday questioned the government’s alleged re­fusal to accept the aid for flood affectees from Ban­gladesh. 

“Why has the #Imported Government refused mil­lions of dollars worth of aid for the devastating floods from Bangladesh? Would @ForeignOfficePk (Foreign Office & @BBhuttoZardari (Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari) care to answer,” the PTI leader, pop­ularly known as Zulfi Bukhari, tweeted. The foreign ministry declined to comment. 

Reportedly, Pakistan rejected Bangladesh’s offer to supply humanitarian aid worth 14 million takas (roughly $145,000) as the country continued to suf­fer great loss during monsoon flooding.

On September 1, Bangladesh’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief reportedly allocated funds for 10 tonnes of biscuits, 10 tonnes of dry cakes, 1,00,000 water purification tablets, 50,000 packets of oral saline, 5,000 mosquito nets, 2,000 blankets, and 2,000 tents to be sent to Pakistan.

However, it remains to be seen whether Islamabad would accept the friendly and humanitarian Bangla­deshi gesture.

According to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Awami League government had always been generous towards humanity and that the au­thorities concerned had been directed to assist in the relief efforts in Pakistan.

“Pakistan Army is reportedly averse to the proposal of aid from Bangladesh as any such relief assistance may undermine Pakistan’s global image,” she alleged.

Pakistan fears that floods might have caused over $40 billion in economic losses and damages as the Na­tional Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) dismissed the initial assessment of $18 billion.

The $40 billion losses were flagged in a flood re­sponse centre meeting during discussion on an inter­im report titled ‘An Early Assessment of Flood Impact on Pakistan’s Economy’ presented by the Finance Ministry.