KARACHI (May 29, 2021): Sindh Minister for Information & Local Government Syed Nasir Shah has said that the PTI and GDA lawmakers, elected from Sindh, were trying to defuse water shortage issue in Sindh by propagating water shortage in the system and added that none of them has the daring to talk against opening of Chashma-Jhelum Canal illegally by the Punjab to steal water share of Sindh.K
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Nasir Shah said that the leader of opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Shaikh and Federal Minister Dr Fahmida Mirza of GDA, elected from Sindh, were busy in face saving by saying that there was water shortage in the entire system, therefore Sindh was also facing shortage.
“I want to tell them that the highhandedness being made by the Punjab in connivance of IRSA was an open secret,” he said and added why the PTI and GDA leaders were not raising voice against opening of CJ canal by the Punjab in violation of the water accord which has created Karbala-like situation in Sindh.
Shah added that the standing crops of Kharif were turning pale in Sindh, but the Punjab was irrigating its lands through stolen water.
“IRSA, being the regulatory body, has completely failed to fulfil its responsibilities,” he said and urged the IRSA to, at least, criticize illegal opening of the CJ canal, if it has no teeth to close it [CJ].
Responding to Haleem Adil Shaikh’s statement, Nasir Shah said that Haleem should have briefed the prime minister about the land grabbers who have been wreaking havoc with the state lands in Sindh, but this might have exposed him.
“I am surprised that the protocols, what Haleem Adil has seen in his dreams, to the dacoits were not acceptable to him but he has turned his blind eye to the protocol the land grabbers are practically enjoying in Sindh,” minister information said and added the provincial government has launched a clean-up operation against the bandits in Shikarpur and would eliminate them very soon and then an operation would be launched against land grabbers and that might upset his sound sleep.
Nasir Shah said that Haleem Adil has admitted that the federal government has failed to achieve revenue recovery targets.
“I am quite happy that Haleem has admitted inefficiency of Imran government,” he said and added that had the pandemic of COVID-19 been the only cause behind the failure of achieving revenue recovery targets the Sindh government would have also failed, but this is the purely inefficiency of the federal government.