Growing Political Crisis in the Wake of Pakistan's Floods

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Houses are seen surrounded by flood waters from a Pakistan Army helicopter on August 22, 2010 in the village of Shah Jamaal west of Muzaffargarh in Punjab, Pakistan. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty)

The worst floods in more than 80 years have devastated Pakistan, causing widespread problems in the country and triggering worries about social unrest, food riots and a possible challenge to the government's rule. Speaking last weekend, Altaf Hussain, a powerful political leader and the head of the Muttahida Quami Movement called for patriotic generals to take steps toward martial law to oust Pakistan's president.

Issam Ahmed, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor is in Lahore, Pakistan. He brings details of the growing crisis.


Issam Ahmed

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