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Voice from Pakistan: profit has come before our people’s lives

Karachi-based socialist Riaz Ahmed spoke to Socialist Worker about the vested interests which have complicated the relief operation

Issue No. 2214

‘Cities like Mianwali and Charsadda have been allowed to drown in order to save dams and hydroelectric stations. The reason is that these have either already been privatised or are earmarked for sell-off.

Military installations have been saved, but entire villages have been submerged because budget cuts have meant the loss of vital riverbank defences.

And forests and jungles have been plundered by millionaire-owned timber businesses.

This has created soil erosion and the destruction of natural defences that can prevent flooding.

Local and national governments have awarded the contracts for this kind of work, knowing the dangers.’

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Tue 10 Aug 2010, 17:16 BST
Issue No. 2214
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