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Flood Recovery.pdf

  1. Flood Recovery
  2. The 'steroid monsoon,' directly related to climate change, has been called catastrophic and repeatedly biblical as it caused a flooding summer in Pakistan. The entire area was flooded, killing more than 1,700 people, destroying homes, infrastructure, and vast farmland regions, and displacing millions of people from their homes
  3. More than four months after the worst floods, nearly 90,000 people are still forced from their homes, and flooding continues in some areas. Recovering from such a disaster and rebuilding lost infrastructure such as roads and schools is extremely difficult for any country, let alone a government dealing with a cash crisis like Pakistan.
  4. However, the Government of Pakistan, especially Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Climate Minister Sherry Lehman, who has visited the United States twice since the summer, have done a commendable job in raising awareness of the flood disaster to the world.
  5. More than $9 billion was pledged for flood remediation over the next three years at a pledge conference co- hosted by Sharif in Geneva earlier this month with UN Secretary-General António Guterres (financing primarily in the form of project loans). ). Pakistan also played a vital role in the debate on the devastating impacts of climate change on developing countries, led efforts to put loss and damage on the agenda of COP27 for the first time, and asked Egyptian COP representatives to establish a Loss and Compensation Fund. urged to agree to
  6. 4. Growing Anxiety Pakistan's Taliban (or TTP), a terrorist group that killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis between 2007 and 2014, is expected to gain momentum in Taliban- controlled Afghanistan, albeit in a limited geographical area. It poses a new threat to Pakistan (for now). The group has been responsible for at least 150 attacks over the past year, mostly in northwestern Pakistan. The Pakistani state is increasingly unable to deal
  7. 5. Civil-military relations Pakistan welcomed a new Army Chief of Staff on November 29 last year. General Asim Munir replaced his General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who had held the post of Almighty for six years (because it was extended for three years). The appointment of the Secretary of War has been the subject of considerable political controversy over the past year.
  8. A significant reason for Khan's ouster from power was a dispute with the military over the issue of senior military officer appointments. Attention is focused on how civil- military relations will develop under the Mounir administration. Under Bajwa, the military tightened its control over all behind-the-scenes politics.
  9. Bajwa presided over a close relationship with the Khan on equal terms. When this stalled, the PML-N aspired to replace Khan as a military ally and head of the civilian government. Bajwa resigned, saying the military would no longer interfere in political affairs. Few people in Pakistan believe in him. With politics set to dominate the agenda this year and elections looming, Mounir has a chance to show the country whether he will follow suit.