ISLAMABAD (INP): Vice President Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) Senator Sherry Rehman regretted that the government has no intention of giving relief or paying attention to the real issues of the people of country, including loadshedding, water security or the entitlement to food.
Addressing a Senate Motion on Food & Security here on Monday, she informed the House that six out of 10 citizens in Pakistan were food insecure and almost 50% women and specifically children under five were malnourished. It was also shocking to witness that an estimated 50% of the population was without access to clean drinking water. The Federal government is either unaware of the facts or is criminally negligent, she added.
She said, “The government has clearly other priorities as it has failed to keep the promises it made in 2013 to light up Pakistan, let alone feed Pakistan.”
The PPPP Senator said it was shocking that no funds have so far been released for the all-important ‘Energy for All’ and ‘Clean Drinking Water for All’ initiatives. Instead of working towards securing energy, food and water projects, the government has disbursed all the funds earmarked for parliamentarians’ development schemes.
She alleged, “Government’s priorities are clearly another kind of politics from the kind we need or believe in. It is indeed tragic that we left a wheat secure country in 2013, and that too has been allowed to slide.”
“Since 2013, the citizens of Pakistan have been deprived of almost every basic necessity, as the government has done nothing but deceived our nation with false promises,” said Sherry Rehman.
She said that it was shocking and shameful that this government after four years of full powers, does not have a consistent and coherent food, water of energy security policy framework, nor does it seem to be bothered by our nation’s slide into mass poverty. If we see the performance of this government since the last 4 years, it has done little or nothing to invest in development projects which directly benefit the poor and the vulnerable, she added.
“There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from looking at all this inaction and hierarchy of priorities taken by the government that it has no interest in ensuring our fundamental entitlements. Pakistan deserves better than this”, concluded the PPP Senator.