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Kalabagh dam: a solution


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IN VIEW of the chronic logjam over the Kalabagh dam for several decades with the claimed resolutions of three provincial assemblies of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, albeit lukewarm in the latter case, recently with no fresh resolution, it is of utmost importance to search for an out-of-the-box solution.

Since in the present scenario there are plans afloat for creation of new provinces and views of all and sundry are required, there is one solution to appease the opposition of three provinces.

This lies in the creation of four new provinces in Punjab. These may constitute Northern Punjab, Seraiki Suba, Bahawalpur and Pothwar as four provinces which would form a majority of provinces ostensibly to support the Kalabagh Dam and thus explode the myth of three provincial assemblies passing resolutions against the Kalabagh Dam.

As the iron is hot at present, it would be advisable to strike a bargain or solution to impending problems of building the Kalabagh Dam in Punjab.

It is time for the planners to think of a new approach to cut the Gordian knot of the Kalabagh Dam by pitching the majority of four proposed new provinces so as to find a democratic solution of consensus, i.e., rule of majority of provinces.

This would avoid the existing lonely but muted voice of Punjab that is relegated to a minority voice, albeit illogically due to its majority population.


Comments (7) Closed

Gandalf Jan 14, 2013 10:10am
You mean curb the will of majority by any means. It does not matter that the plan may be nonsensical, unjust or underhanded, so long as it serves the purpose of one province. Reminds me of the derided 'One Unit', that was created just to curb the majority of erstwhile East Pakistan. Old habits never die.
Ahmer Jan 14, 2013 06:07pm
KBD is vital for Pakistan's economic survival and must be built whatever it takes and this might be the last chance for it thanks to the wise and bold decision delivered by LHC. Is this not a federal issue? If so, the resolutions of the provincial assemblies are null and void in any case.
Dr. Abbas Jan 14, 2013 10:10am
Did you read this? Think again!
mohammad shafique Jan 14, 2013 02:32pm
let us implement the lahore resolution of 1940 in its entirety and then talk about the kalabagh dam
Marina Jan 14, 2013 10:49am
No maneuvering is required at all for constructing of this vital dam. Rulers, either democratically elected or through a military coup, have time and time again, took decisions against the will of public in autocratic manner. Why they can't take a bold decision in this issue instead of looking for consensus ?
waleed raza Jan 14, 2013 08:43am
wow.. divide and rule concept. Thank you Doctor.
Keti Zilgish Jan 14, 2013 02:40pm
I think it would be better to first discuss the adverse effects of the present dams in South Asia rather than to suicidally go round building new ones and then have the hypocrisy to go around incriminating the taliban as much as I might loathe them.