While launching another Telethon to gather donations for flood victims in the next week, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head and former Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his appeal for “Haqeeqi Azadi” on Sunday, local media reported.
According to media reports, the PTI president told a public gathering in Faisalabad that he will organise another telethon in Sindh next Sunday to raise “billions of cash” for flood victims and urged the young to be ready for his demand for true independence in the nation.
Khan stated that the last two years of the PTI government saw record agricultural output. He went on to say that the situation has changed now that people are seeing an increase in unemployment and gasoline prices as a result of a government-imposed by a foreign plot.
He blasted the coalition government led by Shehbaz Sharif, saying it had ruined the national economy in four months. He said that Shehbaz Sharif, his brother Nawaz Sharif, and Asif Ali Zardari were complicit in the laundering of state funds abroad. He also said that Sharif and Zardari’s families have been stealing the national money for the past 30 years, according to ARY News.
He also stated that corrupt individuals take the country’s money and ship it abroad and that dams must be built to safeguard the country from flooding.
“I will soon raise billions of rupees for flood victims via another telethon next Sunday,” he said.
He emphasized that only new elections can end the country’s political insecurity. He urged the young to be ready for his appeal for the country’s true independence.
On August 27, Khan announced the creation of a fund to gather donations for flood-affected individuals throughout the country. On August 29, he hosted an international telethon to raise billions of rupees for flood victims.
According to the former Prime Minister, a country can only recover from a disaster if everyone works together to solve it. He had also stated that his battle for Haqeeqi Azadi would not be abandoned because it was not a political campaign for him, but rather a war for true independence.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has been devastated by tremendous rains and flooding. The country has lost around 1,300 lives as a result of the devastating floods.
The Government of Pakistan has officially designated 66 districts as “calamity affected” – 31 in Balochistan, 23 in Sindh, nine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and three in Punjab.
Since mid-June, millions of children, women, and men have been impacted, and over a thousand people have died. People have lost their houses, animals, harvest-ready crops, and sole means of subsistence. Infrastructure around the country has been severely damaged, with roads, bridges, and buildings swept away.
At least 1,468,019 buildings have been partially or completely destroyed, and 736,459 cattle have been slaughtered as a result of the floods.
Flood-related economic losses in Pakistan have escalated from USD 10 billion to USD 12.5 billion. Inflation is expected to rise to between 24% and 27% during the current fiscal year, eventually reaching 30%.
More than 500,000 people are presently residing in relief camps across Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Punjab as a result of internal displacement.