Groups of Pakistanis affected by the devastating floods are claiming that local government officials are denying them aid.
Al-Jazeera reports that the marginalized Ahmadiyya and Shia communities, which have been the subject of various suicide bombings and attacks, have been denied aid. Recently a Pakistani newspaper reported that 500 Ahmadiyya families were denied shelter in the southern Punjab province.
In addition, survivors in a camp near Karachi have accused the ruling Pakistan People’s Party of focusing on its party supporters when distributing aid. The PPP denies the claims and adds that Pakistan needs the help of the U.N. and the rest of the world to adequately help those in need.
Human rights groups confirm local government officials are discriminating against victims, but because the flood distaster is so massive, it is difficult to determine how widespread or unequal the aid distribution is. Meanwhile, international aid organizations such as the World Food Program deny they discriminate when distributing aid.
Hundreds of thousands of people continue to flee their towns as Pakistan’s floods ravage on. One fifth of the country is under water, and over 1,750 have died.
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