Natural calamities provide opportunity to set priority for management of major cities’

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the natural calamities of rains and floods have provided opportunity to set the priority for management of mega cities across Pakistan to avoid such disasters in future.

He expressed these views while having aerial reconnaissance of the ground impact of urban flooding in Karachi.

The Army Chief said that no city in Pakistan can cope with a natural calamity of this scale. Our issue is not non-availability of resources but setting priorities right.

He said that Army will extend all-out support to the plans being made by the federal and provincial governments for future repercussions on economic security of the country.

He reiterated that Army will not disappoint the people in their time of need and expressed satisfaction on the pace of relief work.

General Bajwa directed that work priority should be given to areas of common public utility and worst-hit localities first.

He said at no point influence of a particular locality or community should be allowed to shift attention or resources from those in need. It’s a national disaster and everyone is in it together.

The Army Chief said that peace in national economic hub Karachi is vital for security and stability of Pakistan and efforts will continue to maintain normalcy in Karachi and entire Sindh province.

Earlier, General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Karachi on a two-day visit.

He visited Karachi Corps Headquarters where he was briefed about worst urban flooding in the recent history of Karachi and Army’s support to civil administration across Sindh.

General Bajwa appreciated troops of Karachi Corps for maintaining law and order particularly during Muharram.