PM Shehbaz cancels Mianwali, Tank visits due to bad weather

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Poor weather has stalled Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Saturday visit to Mianwali and Tank. The premier was scheduled to review the ongoing work for the rehabilitation of flood survivors.

The helicopter of the premier returned from Mianwali due to adverse weather conditions.

The prime minister was scheduled to inaugurate 100 housing units that were constructed for the flood victims of Tank.

The premier will now receive a briefing about the relief activities conducted in Balochistan and South Punjab by the relevant authorities at the Islamabad airport.

Future Plans

PM Shehbaz Sharif will leave for the United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday to represent Pakistan at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 96 on September 8 at her Balmoral Castle residence.

He will also meet PML-N supremo and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif during the two-day visit. The premier has scheduled a three-hour-long meeting with his brother to discuss key political and economic issues.

PM Shehbaz will return to Pakistan on Monday after attending the state funeral for the late Queen.

The coffin of the late monarch has been lying at the historic Westminster Hall since Wednesday.

On return from the UK, the premier then has plans to go to the US to attend a United Nations (UN) meeting.

SCO summit

Yesterday, PM Sharif returned from a two-day visit to Uzbekistan where he highlighted the flood’s impact on the lives of millions of Pakistanis.

He also urged the international community at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan to take effective measures to combat climate change or the world will see many more climate-induced disasters in the years to come.

Outlining the plight of the flood victims, he maintained that the flood-affected communities now face the threat of waterborne diseases, absent food security, damaged infrastructure, and lack of holistic assistance due to the scale of the disaster.

Pakistan is battling unprecedented floods due to climate change this year. The UN secretary general called the unusual weather phenomenon’ monsoon on steroids’.