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Hundreds arrested for terrorism during PM’s visit to Sukkur

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Soukkur: Sukkur district police claimed to have registered FIRs on terrorism charges against more than 100 unidentified people for allegedly attacking police officers, pelting vehicles with rocks, damaging public and private property and inciting flood victims outside a relief camp during the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary’s visit here on Friday.

While flood-affected families in the district claimed police recorded fake FIRs against protesters, who wanted to meet Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Dawn reported.
The families said the protesters demanded to meet the Pakistani PM and FM to point out that they had not received relief materials such as food, tents, mosquito nets, beds and other resources amid ongoing catastrophic flooding in the country.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Sindh, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and other ministers visited Sukkur district to assess flood situation and interacted with displaced families in relief camps.

During her visit to a camp set up near BA College, rain-affected families from different areas blocked some roads due to the administration’s inability to drain stagnant rainwater, Dawn reported.

A police spokesperson said that when officials were carrying out their duty outside the camp, some rioters, including women, blocked the main road, creating a situation of public order and inciting families affected by the flooding against officials.

“The rioters also smashed the windshields of the vehicles, which halted traffic for eight hours,” he said.

“We have filed a complaint under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the disbelievers,” the spokesperson said, adding that action would be taken against them in accordance with the law as soon as they are identified in CCTV footage and other videos showing them creating law and order. situation.

He warned that no one would be allowed to take justice and disturb the peace at this crucial time, Dawn reported.

Notably, the death toll from flooding has exceeded 1,000 in Pakistan and thousands more have been injured or displaced since June.

At least 1,033 people have died and 1,527 have been injured since June 14 due to rains and floods, Geo News reported citing the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

In the past 24 hours, nearly 119 people have died and 71 have been injured.

According to the data, four died in Balochistan, six in Gilgit Baltistan, 31 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 76 in Sindh.

Cumulative data from June 14 across Pakistan showed that 3,451.5 km of road was damaged, 149 bridges collapsed and 170 stores were destroyed.

A total of 949,858 houses were partially or completely destroyed. Of this total, 662,446 houses were partially damaged and 287,412 were completely destroyed. While 719,558 head of cattle were also killed.

At least 110 districts in Pakistan have been affected by the floods, with 72 of those districts claiming to have been affected by the calamity, according to Geo News.

Pakistan is grappling with its worst natural disaster in more than a decade. The floods affected the lives of millions, after which the Pakistani government declared a “national emergency”.

The NDMA shared that Pakistan’s 30-year average showed the country received 134mm of rain and this year it received 388.7mm of rain. 190.07% more than the average.

On August 26, the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning that very high to exceptionally high level floods are expected in the Kabul River at Nowshera in KP Province, as well as in the tributaries of Kabul and the Indus. rivers until August 28.