They say bad luck comes in threes, well I am sure I'm not alone in hoping that this is not the case when it comes to Pakistan. In the past three days the nation has endured two tragic events which have left around 460 people dead. On Wednesday a Pakistani plane crashed on the outskirts of Islamabad killing all 152 people onboard- 146 of which were passengers. This was the worst aviation disaster in Pakistan's history and left the nation devastated as it made headlines around the world.
Images of the wreckage and grieving relatives were shown by all major new agencies, evoking memories for many countries of similar tragedies that have befallen them. What caused the crash is still uncertain as investigators are still searching for the infamous 'black box' which should be able to tell them the exact cause. Some feel bad weather may have been a factor.
At a time when the whole world was sending Pakistan its sympathy Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was doing his best to alienate the Pakistani people with some ill-judged and fairly misinformed comments regarding terrorism.
In a speech in Bangalore Cameron said: "We should be very, very clear with Pakistan that we want to see a strong, stable and democratic Pakistan,
"We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world."
Not quite what a grieving nation wants to hear from a foreign Prime Minister. Former cricketeer -turned politician Imran Khan claimed Cameron was making Pakistan a "scapegoat" for the troubled Afghanistan campaign, comparing his attitude to the treatment of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. However despite the expected backlash from nearly everyone associated with the Pakistan government, the country had more pressing matters to deal with than the half-baked statements of Cameron.
As Pakistanis were still lamenting the loss of 152 of their fellow countrymen, they were being hit with yet another catasrophe. Floods in Northern Pakistan have left a staggering 313 people dead, with a further 400,000 left stranded. It seems almost too tragic to comprehend so soon after the previous disaster.
The floods were caused by a monsoon which has caused landslides and wiped put electricity in many parts of the North-West region. Most of the people hit hardest by the floods are from rural poor areas and cannot afford to move from flood risk areas. Rescue operations have been slow due to the weather problems and the difficulty in reachin many of the stranded.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for the province, said:"A rescue operation using helicopters cannot be conducted due to the bad weather, while there are only 48 rescue boats available for rescue."
Floods have also affected drinking water in many of the areas and there is growing concern as to the chances of survival of many of the stranded.
Agencies such as The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) have deployed food packs for over 3000 affected families (21,700 people) with the support of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
It seems the people of Pakistan have a lot to deal with in trying to help the stranded people in the North while still coming to terms with the loss of life from both the flood and the air disaster. Maybe David Cameron can give another speech calling for aid for Pakistan although somehow I doubt he will.