LARKANA    -   Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Chief Mau­lana Fazlur Rehman Tuesday held an aerial visit of the flood affected areas in Sindh.

He had a bird’s eye view of various areas includ­ing Larkana, Mehar, Naseerabad, Qambar Shahdad Kot, Qubo Saeed Khan, Garhi Khairo, Jacobabad and Sukkur. Fazl who is also the chief of his own faction, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), was accom­panied with provincial Secretary General Allama Rashid Soomro, Minister Jam Ikramullah Dharijo, Maulna Nasir Soomro, and Tariq Baloch.

He distributed ration packs among 800 families, Cash, and clothes in an event organized by the Al-Mehmood Social Welfare Association in Larkana and also paid a visit to the main camp of the asso­ciation. The PDM chief also toured Sukkur, Lakhi Ghulam Shah, Shikarpur, Garhi Yasin, Ratodero and New Dero the other day and met the flood af­fected people. Expressing sympathies, he assured that the JUI-F and its allied organizations, carrying out rescue and relief activities, were standing by them at this hour of trials and tribulations.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman also said the future army chief would be appointed by the person empow­ered by the Constitution to do so, the prime minis­ter, whose pick would be “on merit”. “The one who is responsible [for appointing the army chief] as per the Constitution will fulfil this task on the basis of merit. Who is he (Imran Khan) to tell the govern­ment about who has to do this,” the JUI-F chief said during a press conference in Larkana. He said the PTI chief could not be allowed to “interfere in any way” in the next army chief’s appointment. “You can cry and scream all you want,” he said.