Parched Pakistan: Opposition to hold protests against Imran Khan's govt over water shortage

WION Web Team
Karachi Published: Jun 02, 2021, 07:26 AM(IST)

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and Imran Khan Photograph:( ANI )

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It also said that the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) in this regard had done an injustice by curtailment of gas to the residents of the province, reported The News International.

With temperatures soaring to over the normal level in Pakistan's Sindh, the province has been facing an acute shortage of water.

Low levels of underground water and lack of supply from dams are being largely blamed for the parched areas.

The Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan People`s Party (PPP) has announced holding protests against Imran Khan`s government at the district level in the Sindh province from June 3 to June 15 against acute water shortage.

It also said that the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) in this regard had done an injustice by curtailment of gas to the residents of the province, reported The News International.

The decision to this effect was made by the executive committee of the PPP Sindh chapter. PPP Sindh President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro chaired the meeting. 

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Khuhro said they would not be silent anymore about the excesses being committed by the federal government and IRSA against the province.

It was announced that protest demonstrations would be held in the Larkana division on June 3, five districts of the Hyderabad division on June 5, Mirpurkhas division on June 7, Sukkur division on June 9, Shaheed Benazirabad division on June 11, the remaining five districts of the Hyderabad division on June 13, and Karachi division on June 15, reported The News International.

The PPP Sindh president said the executive committee had expressed serious reservations on the water shortage, price-hike, unemployment and curtailment of power and gas supply to the province, reported The News International. He added that the agriculture sector of the province had to suffer losses to the tune of billions of rupees due to the worsening crisis of irrigation water. 

He maintained that the province had been facing a shortage of irrigation water up to 40 per cent. The Chashma-Jehlum (CJ) and Taunsa-Punjnad (TP) link canals in the upcountry had been unduly opened despite water shortage in the system, he said.

Khuhro alleged that IRSA had been acting unjustly as if it had become a `B` team of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the federal government, reported The News International.

He said Sindh was being denied its due water share in violation of the constitution. Pumping machines had been illegally installed in the river system upcountry to steal the water of the province, he added. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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