PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif will arrive in Karachi today on a one-day visit to the city which was ravaged by torrential rains that triggered power outages and floods in the metropolis’ main arteries last week.
Before departing for Lahore, the former Punjab chief minister spoke to Geo News to say that he was coming to Karachi with “a message of solidarity” for the people of Sindh.
“After the destruction in Karachi due to [recent spell of] rains, everyone must work unitedly,” said Shehbaz.
Speaking about three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz said that he was undergoing medical treatment and would return to the country without delay as soon as his doctors allowed it.
Army chief stresses on ‘setting priorities right’ in Karachi visit
Shehbaz’s visit comes a day after Gen Bajwa arrived in Karachi on Tuesday for a two-day visit to the metropolis. The army chief was flown over the city for aerial reconnaissance of the urban flooding’s ground impact.
He was briefed about the worst urban flooding in the recent history of Karachi and the Army’s support to civil administration across Sindh and Karachi.
“[Gen Bajwa] was apprised that unprecedented rains combined with decades of urban congestion, unplanned population settlement as well as infrastructural issues compounded the problem,” the ISPR had said.
“No city in Pakistan can cope with a natural calamity of this scale,” the army chief had said, adding: “The plans being made by the federal and provincial governments will have Army’s all-out support, as having future repercussions on the economic security of the country.”