Karachi: President Asif Ali Zardari has taken note of media reports that the Scheduled Caste Hindus (Dalits) were denied humanitarian assistance and entry into relief camps allegedly for being ‘untouchables’ and has called for a report from the provincial government.
The President also directed that immediate relief be provided to all marooned and stranded people and flood victims including the Scheduled Caste Hindus.
Spokesperson to President Farhatullah Babar said that the President this morning took notice of the reports in a section of the media and has asked the Chief Minister to look into the complaints and correct the situation.
The President described as ‘unacceptable’ any discrimination in extending rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations to minorities or any one on the basis of caste, creed or religion.
He said the havoc caused by floods was a humanitarian disaster that called for a humanitarian response beyond partisan or religious considerations.
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