Wealthy Pakistani landowners diverted flood waters away from their properties into unprotected villages as the nation suffered its worst ever deluge, the country's Ambassador to UN has alleged.
Calling for an enquiry, Abdullah Hussain Haroon said there was evidence the landowners had connived to burst embankments to protect their standing commercial crops and diverted the swelling waters to unprotected villages. "It is suggested in some areas, those to be protected, were allowed, had allowed, levies to be burst on opposite sides to take the water away. If that is happening the government should be enquiring," he said.
Allegations have surfaced lately that land-owners including PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif had got floods diverted from their land holdings.