Last time when Pakistan was worst-hit by the flood was in 1992. WAPDA has to release more than 1,100,000 cusecs of water from Mangla Dam into River Jhelum, which caused massive destruction.
Pakistan appealed for international aid and the world,especially Saudi Arabia, gave enormous amount and goods in aid. In Jhelum, a large consignment of blankets had arrived from Saudi Arabia. Education Department employees were assigned duties to distribute the relief goods.
One of the employees told us that the wifes of very senior army officials – including a brigadier and a general – and bureaucrats – the then district commissioner - would come in the evening and pick the imported Saudi blankets and send them to their relatives. In fact, the begums of army officials were more accomodating. They would bring their friends also to hand-pick the blankets.
The Begums, over-powered by the softness of imported blankets and helpless before their greed - plundered the humanitarian aid which was meant for poor people forced to sleep under the sky.
Our national moral fibre has declined to a shamefull level. Let’s see what kind of plunder will satisfy the hungry begums of current ruling class this time.