September 16th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

Pakistan's prime minister cancels U.S. trip to oversee flood relief efforts

Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is calling off a visit to the United States due to floods that have killed hundreds in his country, his office said Friday.

Gilani was scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly, but Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will go in his place, the prime minister's office said.

Instead, the prime minister will "personally supervise the ongoing rescue and relief efforts for the flood-affected areas," a government statement said.

The Pakistani disaster authority said Friday that the death toll now totaled 248 since August 10 as a result of flooding, including 52 children and 67 women. This is the second year Pakistan has suffered catastrophic flooding.

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  1. Cherry Coke

    That's exactly what he SHOULD be doing!

    September 16, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Are we going to pay for flooding? Should we help them to show the pakistani people we want to help? Ya knowgood will and put USA on all the packages. I would say this time make sure it gets to the pakistani people though.

    September 16, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Muhammad Ali

      Mr. Scottish Mama we dont need to help by you , for your kind information Pakistan can be prosperous and be free of IMF tricks, just to get rid off corrupt political system. We have to stand Like Libyan's against corrupt political system, once the corruption is eliminated in Pakistan , then we will be counted as donors not as the appealing for donations.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death_oflove555

      Don't Give Aid in the name of IMF, we don't need IMP, America is also taking Aid from China due to this so called war, and money is mostly taken by Corrupt American Politicians and they are filling Money into there bank account in the name of War, American people wants peace but American Politicians and CIA don't want progress of American People thats why they want to earn more money from American People in the name of War Taxes.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pressley

    Why would we pay for the flooding? You mean send aid? I'm sure the Red Cross is already helping out....

    September 16, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. alan

    How about helping our own people for a change. FEMA left Joplin and Tennessee never did receive aid, not sure about Alabama but I doubt they did either.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    There's nothing in Pakistan we want or need except some terrorist so I say let's bomb the hell out of them and be done with it already.

    September 16, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Muhammad Ali

      Keith, you are wrong each and every Pakistani is not terrorist , We are human being as you are. My nation has much score of victims in terrorism rather than your nation. Today Our Chief of Army Staff in Spain addressed the NATO Conference and make it clear , we are as frontline in Terrorism. Pakistan Army helped internationa forces thats why Usama Bin Laden was killed, but i am not surprised aout your comments. you people are habitual of do more and do more. we have lost almost our sovereignity but you are not ready to accept our sacrifices.

      September 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth!

      I agree 100%, if world could be better served by eliminating this terrorism factory, I say it's worth it.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Are you sure you are allowed to run around without your strait jacket @ Keith?

    September 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Thanks Muhammad Ali for setting many uninformed Americans straight! I am also glad to see there are leaders on this planet who cares more about their people than a schmoozing diplomatic trip (though they have their use, too)!Here in Texas our leader made it home briefly for a Photo Op (fotographic proof that he'd been here) & then took off for his campaign again! Now he's got people defending his actions, it's the feds fault Texas is burning outta control, when all along he has dragged his feet about getting us some help! The most unforgivable act was cutting fire services budgets right in the middle of the worst of the NorthTx. fires! Y'all still want him for prez!? God Help America!!

    September 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Death_oflove555

      Now its up-to People like you in America, who can throw out these Corrupt American Politicians who are taking money in the name of war tax, Believe me they are just doing business in the name of War.Real Problem lies in CIA who is funding terrorist all over the world, as you have seen reports of CIA for IRAQ that they have WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, did you see any weapon of mass destruction in Iraq, Do you trial Bush for not only Killing Millions of Innocent people in Iraq and who is responsible of death of American Soldiers in Iraq, do you start any investigation of false report of CIA.

      September 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    @Muhammid Ali: I was referring to the terrorists that are there not the civilians who aren't terrorists and yes there are many terrorists there and no you don't have anything else we need.

    September 17, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Truth!

    Well, let's get one thing straight. He cancelled his trip not to help people but because Obama refused to meet him and his terrorist delegation the sidelines of UNGA. Stay home you terrorist, we don't need you here.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      TRUTH, Well said..
      Nothing but the truth..He is just another corrupt terrorist PAKI like many before him.Taking advantage of the American
      generocity in any way possible including stealing the equipment/supplies for the American solidiers in Afghanistan.
      They supported Bin Laden and provided safe haven until killed by the Americans. Why? milk the cow for more blood..
      Hope the American politicians will realise their big mistakes and get otu Afghanistan and let the Pakis and the Taliban
      kill each other. We can use the money at home – like Texas..

      September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |