UK MP Claudia Webbe has urged the international community to cancel Pakistan’s international debts in the aftermath of devastating floods that have wreaked havoc across the country, driving inflation to a 47-year high.
The UK lawmaker’s call comes as Pakistan deals with the worst climate disaster in its history, with officials reporting that more than 33 million people have been affected — one in every seven Pakistanis — and reconstruction work will cost more than $10 billion.
Rains, described as a “monsoon on steroids” by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, have claimed hundreds of lives since June, unleashing powerful floods that have washed away swaths of vital crops and damaged or destroyed more than a million homes.
MP Claudia Webbe has joined a number of other international figures in expressing support for Pakistan, claiming that the country is facing a crisis caused by the developed world.
“In Pakistan, inflation is at an all-time high of 27%!” she exclaimed.
“Pakistan’s international debt should be immediately cancelled; instead, they should be compensated for the climate crisis,” Webbe urged the world.
She had previously raised the issue, slamming the “silence from Western political leaders” as Pakistan faces a historic disaster, calling it a “moral crime.”
The lawmaker stated that now is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder in full solidarity with Pakistan, and he called for the imposition of a global climate tax to make the world’s wealthy pay for the climate damage they cause.
She informed the international community that a tragedy is unfolding in Pakistan, which accounts for only 1% of global emissions.
“It is completely unfair that it should bear the brunt of climate change.” The climate crisis was caused by the super-rich. The cost should be borne by the super-rich.”