KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has criticized the federal government for failing in judicious distribution of water in the country and held PM Imran Khan responsible for water shortage in Sindh.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, PPP chairman said, after Eid, Imran Khan’s government put a height of the brutality by continuously stopping the flow of water in Sindh.
Bilawal Bhutto said, the PTI government, which has deliberately created a water crisis in Sindh, will be responsible for the consequences.
PPP chief further said that water supply to Karachi has been severely reduced due to blockage of water in Sindh. Thatta, Badin, Sujawal and Tharparkar are also facing water shortage due to brutal policy of the federal government.
He pointed out that the Indus River Systems Authority (IRSA) is the only body to monitor and enforce the provisions of the Water Accord 1991.
Indus River System Authority (IRSA) should stop permanent damage to Sindh province under its controversial three tier formula, Bilawal Bhutto said and added that Indus River System Authority (IRSA) officials should clarify on whose orders they illegally reduced Sindh’s water share.
PPP chairman warned that Imran Khan should stop the efforts to make Sindh’s lands barren by stopping water.
He pointed out that Sindh government did not reduced the supply of water from Guddu Barrage to Balochistan despite the current shortage.
All Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have the right to get water under the agreed formula, Bilawal said and added, If any province of the country is deprived of its right to water, I will continue to raise my voice.
IRSA’s NOC for power plants on link canals
He said two thousand cusecs of water from Sindh is still being stolen from the controversial spring Jhelum Link Canal. Indus River System Authority (IRSA) should stop issuing NOC for power plants on Taunsa Panjnad and Chashma Jhelum Link canals, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded.
If power plants are built on Taunsa Panjnad and Chashma Jhelum Link canals, then there will be an excuse to keep these controversial and illegal canals open all year round, Chairman PPP said.
Illegal installation of power plant on illegal Taunsa Panjnad Link Canal and controversial Chashma Jhelum Link Canal should be stopped immediately, Bilawal Bhutto demanded.
Illegal opening of Taunsa Panjnad Link Canal is not acceptable. The controversial spring Jhelum Link Canal can also be opened if water is released downstream of the Kotri.
Due to delay in repair of Tarbela Dam till February, water was delivered unnecessarily which could not fill the dam despite abundant water.
What is the motive behind stopping Sindh water in special season of rice cultivation, Imran Khan should explain, Bilawal Bhutto asked.
Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said the country is already facing a shortage of cotton crop. In such a situation, shutting off Sindh water at the time of sowing would be disastrous for the textile sector as well.