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Sindh assembly adopts resolution against Kalabagh dam project

December 07, 2012

Sindh Assembly
View of the Sindh Assembly in session.—File Photo

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution condemning the controversial Kalabagh dam, after several provincial assembly members demonstrated a show of unity against project during the previous day’s session, declaring the contentious dam would never be allowed to be built at any cost.

The provincial assembly session started after over an hour’s delay on Friday with Speaker Nisar Khuhro in the chair.

Several members expressed their opposition against the controversial project in fiery speeches, much like it happened during the previous day’s session when four resolutions were moved against the KBD project, each by Dr Mandhro, Imran Zafar Laghari, Syed Khalid Ahmed and Jam Madad Ali, and signed and endorsed by several other MPAs.

Members were of the view that the much-politicised project was detrimental to national cohesion.

Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah said the dam would never be allowed to be constructed as long as Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers were alive.

The PA session was subsequently adjourned for an unspecified period.

The decades-old Kalabagh Dam project resurfaced recently when the Lahore High Court ordered the federal government to build the Kalabagh Dam in accordance with the decisions of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

While the dam’s construction has been vociferously supported by Punjab over the decades, it has met with fierce opposition from smaller provinces, especially Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It is believed in both provinces that the project would deprive them of their fair share of water from the Indus River. Politicians of all shades in Sindh and the outspoken opponents of the project in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa have vowed to oppose the project at all costs.