VIEW: Political fallout of relief work —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi
Unless the presidency and the army bring the civilian political leaders on board, in a couple of months they will face serious problems in dealing with the negative fallout of disaster management
The people and government of Pakistan are striving hard to cope with the earthquake disaster. The military, voluntary groups, political parties, non-government organisations and individuals have by now covered most of the devastated regions in Kashmir and the NWFP. The contribution of friendly countries and voluntary groups from abroad to the rescue and relief work has also been equally significant. They have provided helicopters, equipment, medical teams and hospitals, medicines and trained disaster-relief personnel.
The rescue and relief work over the last three weeks has raised a number of issues which need to be addressed if Pakistan is to enhance its capacity to cope with disasters in the future.