Current situation in Pak grave: Imran Khan
Terming the current humanitarian situation in Pakistan grave, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has warned the international community that the country will be headed toward chaos if it is not adequately addressed within the next three months.world Updated: Aug 23, 2010 21:06 IST
Terming the current humanitarian situation in Pakistan grave, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has warned the international community that the country will be headed toward chaos if it is not adequately addressed within the next three months.
"The consequence is in three months of this, if this is not addressed by us, the country is going to go into chaos. We could implode. We could have starving people," Khan told Fareed Zakaria of the CNN in an interview.
"You're talking again about 20 million people in dire straits. Where are they going to go with no food, no homes, no money, no crops, no animals?” he said.
For a Pakistani, at the moment it looks like an issue of survival.
"Anyone who comes forward, whether it is a religious charity or anyone, any help is welcome," he observed in an apparent reference to groups linked terror outfits like LeT, which have been engaged in flood relief activities.
"Remember, in our part of the world these religious charities, parties have existed throughout. Whenever we have elections, no one ever votes for them, or their vote is minute, a small percentage," he said.
Khan criticised President Asif Ali Zardari for travelling overseas when the country was inundated with flood.
"There was a personal trip. He was visiting his chateau. Then he went to launch his son's coronation in Birmingham, in England. And all this - that's where the shoe was thrown at him, and not surprisingly, because the country was being flooded and he then made this excuse that he had gone abroad to collect money," he said.
"But when you look at the money coming in, there's no money. It is the lowest-ever donations received in a catastrophe as huge as these floods. So, clearly, there was no leadership. At the moment, no one knows what to do,” he said.
Imran Khan said he does not think the international community fully comprehends the extent of the disaster, because the real problem is going to come when the water recedes.
"And in that time there's fear of disease, but the biggest fear is that about 20 million people will be completely impoverished," he said.
First Published: Aug 23, 2010 21:04 IST