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Kalabagh dam: prudent approach needed

January 11, 2013

THE recent decision by the Lahore High Court on the Kalabagh dam issue has rejuvenated the spirit which was otherwise a dead horse because the announcement by Gen Musharraf to build the dam in December 2004 was annulled by the then minister for water and power Raja Pervez Ashraf on May 25, 2008.

The decision taken by the general was a follow-up of consensual approach by the Council of Common Interests in 1992.

The resolutions passed by the assemblies for and against the construction of the dam were not backed up by technical support to the assemblies, thus resulting in emotional rhetoric in and out of parliament.

It is time we reviewed the situation, keeping in view the changed circumstances.

We must openly but constructively discuss the pros and cons of the dam in the media.