Even natural disasters in our country have an undemocratic aspect. The victims of this most recent flood, for example, are to a man, woman, and child, Pakistan’s under-privileged. It is this poor majority alone which keeps our statistics of infant mortality, illiteracy, ill-health, and malnutrition among the highest in the world. Yet, they are the people who produce the surpluses which makes possible the luxuries of the few who live, by and large unproductive lives.
(Eqbal Ahmad, Dawn, 20 September 1992)
Watch this heart-breaking BBC Audio Slideshow: Pakistan floods tragedy (2010)