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Shehbaz blames interim government for Lahore situation after rain

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Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Province and brother of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, gestures after appearing before a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in Islamabad

Former Chief Minister (CM) Punjab and President Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) shifted the blame on the caretaker government for Lahore’s terrible situation after heavy rain that submerged the provincial capital.

Speaking to Pakistani media outlet Geo News, he said the interim government made no arrangements ahead of monsoon rains.

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“It has been one month since the caretaker government took over, but no attention has been paid to the province,” Shehbaz said. “All ministers and officials, including myself, used to be out on roads during the rains.”

He said the drains need to be cleared a month before the start of monsoon season, but they were not cleaned.

Without naming anyone, the former Punjab CM said that a few individuals realised 16 hours after the rain that they should go out and look around the city.

“The entire responsibility for the situation arising from the downpour is on the caretaker government,” he asserted.

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On the other hand, the caretaker CM Punjab announced Rs0.8 million for the families of the six people who lost their lives because of the heavy rain.

At least six people, including two policemen, were killed in various incidents across the provincial capital as a relentless downpour lashed the city since Monday night.

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